Monday, December 5, 2011

My Faux Mantle

Happy Monday Blogland! Things are going well here, although Mr. L has the flu. It is so sad. But 'tis the season right!

Well I am excited to show you one of the projects that I have been working on. Remember way back in the summer when I showed you this antique fence? And I promised to show you what I had planned for this item. Well I am going to show you that today.

I have been so frustrated with my house lately because I don't have a fireplace and because I don't have a fireplace, I have no mantle. It seems like a mantle is on of the most commonly decorated part of any house. Feeling a little deprived I was wandering around blogland. I saw someone who had turned a dresser into a mantle for their fireplace. That got me thinking 'I could just build myself a mantle!' It would be totally fake and there is no fire place for it but I measured the space for it and headed out to Menards. I picked up most of the wood from the reminants bins. I went home and the hubs and I built this in an hour.

Ready to see it?

Ta Da!

Of course since then I have painted it and those decorative blocks, I found at a thrift store for .50 cents a piece. But I love it. It isn't to big and fits in wonderfully in our living room.

Here it is with the antique gate. I love it.

I love that I have a mantle now. It is so much fun to decorate for the seasons.

Stay tuned for the decorated mantle!


  1. I don't have a mantel either and have been thinking about making one and incorporating it with a TV stand. YOu did a great job here, from the shape to the paint!!! Love it!!!

  2. Oh I have to agree with Space did a fantastic job!! I don't have a mantel..I used a "shelf", atleast thats what I think it actually looks like the top of a mantel. then I put this lil rustic bench I found underneath of it. It is on my blog from the mantel party over at uncommon slice of suburbia.
    Thanks for sharing
    Tiki @ Ribbons, Lace, and Inspiration