I’m really excited to show off Brian and I’s most recent project. We have been planning on making a faux mantle in our bedroom for awhile now. There is this strange little area of tile where a gas fireplace used to be, but the previous owner pulled it out because it wasn’t properly vented. Unfortunately, we can’t afford to re-do flooring yet. (I’m wanting to run hardwoods throughout and that ain’t cheap!) So we are left with the design predicament of trying to make those weird tiles look purposeful.
This past winter we got an electric fireplace with the plans of eventually adding a mantle above it. Fast forward til now and my plans finally started to fall into place. Last weekend, we went shopping at Verdigris just for fun, and I came across the perfect corbels. I had been trying to keep my eye out for an antique mantle or architectural pieces that could be repurposed and there they were! They were perfectly chippy and a subtle green color. I could envision them topped off with a rustic beam or shelf.
Then, our misfortune of an old fence falling apart turned into a fortunate event because we were able to re-use the fence panels to create a rustic mantle. So I got this and THIS out of the deal! My husband is so handy…he just whipped both of these out like it was nothing.
Once my mantle was hung, I got to do the fun stuff and style it up. I simply took things from around the house to create the vignette. The only thing I had to purchase was something interesting yet simple to fill the space beneath the mantle. So I headed off to my other favorite antique store, The Rink. And oh the luck! I found a cool, rusty ceiling tile on sale for a whopping $9 bucks!
The starting point for my mantle design was a sepia toned painting from Guatemala. I added a vase, basket and, bowl to add some height and weight. The bowl was tricky because it didn’t really stand alone very well, so I added a tree slab to give it more substance. Then, I layered in croquet balls, tiny terra-cotta pots, and driftwood pieces to lend more movement to the space. To complete the moment, I added some fresh greenery with a succulent plant and a personal touch with a photograph to the top of the fireplace.
I just love how it turned out. It totally changed the feel of our room. We have a big space so it’s nice to add something substantial to cozy it up. I can’t tell you how awesome it feels to complete any project with a newborn at home…a diy mantle or just the laundry. Doesn’t matter. So satisfying!