Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Creating a mantel...
Since I have moved into my new home I have been secretly looooonnnnging for a mantel. The last rental that I lived in had one and it was my most favorite part of the house. I had such a great time decorating it for the seasons! I have a fireplace (or will have) now but no mantel...so what is a girl to do?? Create one for herself...of course!! I have to admit that I am not a carpenter and sometimes my best ideas are never quite as thought out as they should be but I really like the way this project turned out.
I started by posting on my face book page that I was looking for some old barn wood and was lucky enough to have some great people respond. I used two solid wood shelf brackets (purchased at the Home Depot for less than $20.00 a set) and two boards to create it. I began by spray painting the brackets with a flat black spray paint and then using a piece of sand paper to give them an aged look.
Once they were dry I attached them to one of the boards using screws. I then attached it to the wall, using long screws. After that it was just a matter of setting the top board on to make the self.
A few fall accessories and I now have a large shelf that works as my mantel. It might not be over a fireplace but I love the addition to my home! I'm so excited to keep changing it for the upcoming holidays. Sweet mantel-