Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fabulous Faux Mantel!

I have been dreaming of a fireplace mantel for months now...
I have seen several at flea markets (never within my budget).
I decided to create my own using a decorative shelf piece and two misc table legs. I enlisted the help of Mr. Romantic to help me create this darling piece.
Here is my fabulous new faux mantel!
 First, he glued and screwed the legs to the top shelf piece.
Next, he securely screwed the mantel into the wall.
(Isn't he cute! He got major points for making my faux mantel dream come true!)
I just happened to pick up the shelf and post legs free, they have been sitting in my garage for several months. 
Fabulous for less Tip:
Always look around your home first and use what you have! Search freecycle, garage sales, and thrift stores for salvage pieces you can use to put together decorative vignettes.
 I added the old heater ($12) for character, not sure that it will stay, I would like to find a cool old shabby ornate fireplace screeen. I am also toying with the idea of shabbying it up with white paint, what do you think?
 I also had to cover the massive electrical outlet and cable cord, so I used a piece of antique lace tacked under the mantel for one outlet.
 For all the cords that run to the armoire, I used shabby green screen piece to the right to give coverage and also easy access to these outlets.
 I moved a mirror from my bedroom to hang above the mantel and then scattered some decorative shabby accessories across the top to fluff it up.
Of course, I am going to create some exciting seasonal mantel displays, I can't wait!  
Well, I hope you have a delightful day and create something fantastic! Remember you can make it fabulous for less!
I will be partying with Faded Charm's White Wednesday!
and Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage



  1. Bravo Olivia!! It looks fantastic:))
    Hugs, Biljana

  2. This is incredible... Love it! Don't forget there are some PRETTY incredible faux paints out there too that make your creation look like stone... I can hardly wait to see your seasonal creations... LOVE IT Olivia!!!
    Hugs, Donna

  3. That is adorable, honey! I've done the same thing—install a faux mantle but it cost me about $300. Yours turned out darling. You could even make it longer with just another board. Great idea, chick! You did reeeealllly good on that one.

  4. I love your mantle, it's so romantic and lovely looking. You and your hubs did a great job.
    I also think the way you decorated it is just delicious!

    I am also reminded of the time that my sister and I found a mantle in an antique shop. We loaded it up, which was no easy task. Brought it home and boy was it ugly! You should see it now. I did a post on my sister's home not too long ago and if you get a chance stop by and take a look.


  5. Where there's a will-there's a way! Your creativity made it happen~!

  6. Mr. Romantic did a fab job! You'll have so much fun decorating it.

  7. Hi Olivia, I love how you used what you already had to make your fireplace mantle! I think it turned out just great, hubby did an excellent job! It all looks so pretty and that old heater is just beautiful, personally I wouldn't paint it as it has so much charm the way it is. Thank you so much for popping by my blog! take care, Maryann

  8. Oh Wow! Great job on your faux mantle!

  9. It looks beautiful and what a great idea. I never thought about adding a shelf to my own brick mantel, but now I'm going to see if I have one that might fit.

  10. hi olivia! what a great idea for a mantel! love it! you both did an amazing job!
    thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. i am now a follower of yours!
    :) becky

  11. I really think you did a great job. I have a white faux one I bought several years ago for around $350.00. How creative---I would NOT paint the heater though, I like the way it looks now. It's decorated just lovely.

  12. What a creative lady you are! That is one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time! Wow!

  13. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! You have a lovely blog ... I really like your fireplace ... it's a great idea! Thanks for following... I'd love to follow your blog, too!
    Cottage Blessings,

  14. Oh, my gosh! Love it! I want one! he he
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

  15. Hi Olivia,

    Great job on the mantle! Love the heater too, nice touch. I wouldn't paint it. Aren't hubbies the best, when they help us with our little dream projects?


  16. Hi, Olivia! You may use anything I have posted on on my Crunch Hearts blog. I am honored you would pick this precious item to use. I'd love to see what you did with it! You are going to post perhaps? Let me know if you do!

  17. Olivia, your faux mantel is totally fabulous! How sweet that Mr. Romantic would make this dream come true for you. Can't wait to see your holiday decorations for it.

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me for one, or all three, of my parties each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  18. omg i missed this post. I was wondering how it turned out. It looks beautiful!


  19. I thought at first that the candle holder was a Jewish menorah


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