I’m excited to finally show off our completed Christmas mantel! If you’ve been following the blog, you may recall that we started working on adding a mantel to the fireplace about two months ago. I talked about how we started building the mantel the mantel, and then I gave a quick update on our progress. We actually finished the mantel right before Thanksgiving, but I wanted to wait until it was decorated for Christmas to show you the entire project.
Of course, I took so many pictures of the decorations that I think I need to do a separate post about how we finished the actual building part! In the end, we decided to add some fancy moulding around the entire fireplace, and we stained it lightly so it wouldn’t blend in entirely with the wall. Now, the fireplace is complete! Some of the decorations are homemade, and some of them were purchased in previous years.
I showed you the rustic wreath I made from mesquite branches before. The wall is so tall that it needs a large wreath to fill the empty space. Below, is a close-up of the French Christmas sign I made a few weeks ago.
The pinecone trees are from Target, I think. I’ve had them for a couple of years now. I don’t have any antlers or a deer head, so I put the little stuffed deer on the mantel instead–a bit of humor here!
A little gingerbread man sits on each side of the mantel. I believe they are originally from Kirklands. You can see the details of the vines and leaves in the mantle moulding.
This is the top part of the mantel without the lights on . The fireplace is really wide, and the little gingerbread men were cut off in this picture.
After I took the picture, I decided something was missing, so I added one of the twig snowflake ornaments I made earlier.
Here is a close-up of the bottom of the fireplace. We’ve had the nutcrackers for a couple of years, and I made the little rustic twig tree last week. I brought more mesquite branches in and used them to hide the lights during the day. I know it’s a weird quirk, but I don’t like seeing light cords or strings of lights when they’re not on. I pulled the garland away from the sides so you can see the side moulding on the fireplace.
And finally, we have a view of the entire fireplace. It was so hard to get a good picture, especially since it was cloudy today.
I am really pleased with the way the mantel turned out–it has the rustic look I was trying to achieve, and it’s nice the way the decorations all seem to go together. Can you believe this is how it looked when we first started?
I like it much better now. Of course, in January, I’ll change the look to something much simpler, but for now, I’m happy. Thanks so much for taking time to look at our fireplace transformation. I’d love to hear what you think!