The design added such sweet texture to the trees
simple star designs were added
It is hard to see but I brushed glitter over the entire criss-cross design
and added just dots on the small tree
I left some plain because simple is beautiful
Here you get a glimpse of the beautiful lines of this mantel. My neighbor was putting this out for free! It was a little rough and it wasn't deep enough but free can be modified.
When we bought our house the owner's son had carpeted the entire first floor in a beautiful white Berber. However......after having to clean the foyer carpet every 3 months, I was not in love with it. They had also put faux wood grain linoleum over the real wood steps. HUH? When I started to peel it up to refinish the steps, I figured might as well pull up a corner of the carpet and see what was lurking there. Gorgeous hardwoods! I don't understand people. Of course when we pulled up the entire carpet it became apparent why he had to carpet. He must have used a sprayer to paint the wood work and walls and did not protect the floors. We had a company refinish the floors because my visions of doing them myself quickly evaporated once I had sanded the steps. My knees and arms wouldn't have made it. They did an amazing job.
There also was a wall here that covered the fireplace. I knew there had to be a fireplace here because we have one in every single room, except here. So when the carpet came up, the hearth was exposed and I was ecstatic. I knew there was a fireplace! However, the excitement was short lived when we tore down the wall. The mantle was missing. The owner's son had taken the original mantle. Boo.
It has been sitting mantel-less for about 6 years. Not from lack of searching, maybe lack of funds and time. So when this mantle became available, I jumped at it and decided to make it work.
I am so glad I did. We made it deeper by taking the sides off and adding a 1x6 and then we added a 1x3 to the top . It still needs some finessing but it is good for the holidays. I am just glad to have it ready for Christmas decorating.
It is so deep that I am going to have fun loading it up with greens and boughs of holly....
Fa, La, La, La, Lovely
Always being renewed,