What’s new with you? One of the projects we’ve been working on this past week is building a mantle for the fireplace. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project! After all, why have a fireplace without a mantle, right? A mantle is for decorating and hanging Christmas stockings, and in our case, it really helps to add visual interest to a very boring wall above the hearth.
Our fireplace has large ceramic tiles around the opening and along the bottom ledge. We have fairly high ceilings so there is just a very long, tall wall above the opening. Here in the Southwest, we barely use the fireplace, but still, I wan’t to be able to decorate it! I wanted to have a somewhat rustic look, in keeping with the area and our home’s general style, so we decided to have a wooden mantle and add wood moulding around the fireplace opening. This is still a work in progress, but I couldn’t wait to share some pictures.
This is how it looked when we started. Hubby wanted to show me how it would look, and he installed brackets before I could take a real “before” picture–horrors! I’ll include one of the ones I have from when we first moved when I do the final post. This is before the board was cut, but we went to Lowe’s and had them cut it to fit the edge of the front part of this wall–no charge! They also gave us some great advice on how to build the mantle.
This is how the wall currently looks. Hubby pounded the metal brackets into the drywall and then covered them up with white drywall paste. One word to the wise–when you are pounding drywall, make sure you turn your ceiling fans off! Trust me, it’s no fun cleaning up that white residue from around the room. Luckily, we have tile floors!
We’ll be working on the mantle project this weekend, and the kids and I also have some Thanksgiving and early Christmas crafts planned. Hopefully, I’ll have a new mantle to decorate and more pictures to show off before Thanksgiving! Has anyone else built a mantle? If so, I’d love to hear your stories!
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all have an awesome weekend!