Yes, you read that right -- mantel.
I have missed not having a fireplace in this house, and have especially missed not having a mantel to decorate seasonally.
So, I brainstormed and came up with an alternative I could not be happier with.
I searched all over the internet for "faux" fireplaces and mantels looking for inspiration, but decided I didn't really want the faux part, but, rather something else that would still serve the purpose and not shout "I'm a fake fireplace."
Of course I wanted to use wood, trim, etc., from the old house but I also wanted to have something that didn't look like a bunch of mismatched pieces thrown together.
So, I started with one of the doors from the old house I had left over after restoring and hanging 12 of them last spring, and this is what I came up with for our master bedroom.
I could not love it more. My dad said it needed a mirror on top, so I used my grandmother's antique one from the old house.
I also added old family photos, my grandfather's books, and the candlestick that sat on the mantel in the old house.
Then, I remembered the antique kerosene heater and knew that was the perfect accessory for the front. Of course, we are not going to light it up:-)
I do love it and I'm sure I will enjoy changing it out seasonally.
I think this is my favorite door repurposing project so far, and I'll show you how I did it in another post.
Thanks for stopping by!
***Update, you can see how I made the mantel HERE.
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