Fall Style Guide and My Faux Mantle

Fall Style Guide and My Faux Mantle

My house has an abundance of … I don’t know what exactly to call them.  Niches? Coves? Nooks? Big holey things in the wall?  Behold:

Blerg.  There is also another one directly across from this one, and one at the top of the stairs, but off to the side and so high up no one can reach it or hardly see it.  Makes no sense to me.  Someday I’m sure this will look great with custom built-ins or somesuch, but that day is not today.

However, there was plenty of inspiration to be had in The Home Depot’s Fall Style Guide, as usual.  These particular photos were about new trends in paint colors, but I was swept away by all the custom mouldings and panelings and casings and baseboards.  Dreamyville.

So, with Christmas approaching, I commissioned my handy brother Nathan to help me add a little interest to my cove of darkness, in the form of a faux mantle.  (I must also give him credit for not giving me a hard time about wanting to stick a fake mantle in a house with no fireplace, purely for decorative purposes.) 

We found a plan from Ana White, who coincidentally, was also featured in The Home Depot’s Fall Style Guide!

I really failed in the picture-taking department, but here you get a general idea of what we started with.

That’s right. Plain old lumber.  Ana’s plan is super simple, so most of the time was spent at The Home Depot getting the cuts made, and actual construction of the mantle took I swear, like half an hour.  Easy peasy.

Here is Nate doing all the dirty work. (We really didn’t make THAT big of a mess. He always looks like that.  He’s handy.)

And here it is all ready to be sanded, caulked, and painted.  Caulking is absolutely necessary to hide all the little gaps and spaces in the wood, especially when you are planning to paint.  “Caulk and paint and make it what it ain’t!” Learned that one from my dad.

So, when I brought
it inside, I discovered  absolutely hated the color I chose.  (Rustoleoum’s Heirloom White, which normally I love, but in this case it just looked waaaaaay too creamy.) So I tried a brighter white, and here is it!  Wait … let’s look at the before again:

Not bad for an afternoon of work, huh?

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  1. December 15, 2012 / 6:23 PM

    Wow – I LOVE it and can’t believe that you guys whipped that up yourselves!

  2. December 15, 2012 / 6:36 PM

    Shut the front door!!! Love it. I’m always inspired by Ana White but too scared to try anything. Great job and such a great place for it! Now, what about the other big holey things? Whatcha gonna do with those?

  3. December 15, 2012 / 6:39 PM

    very very pretty! I wish I had a man around to build me things!

  4. December 15, 2012 / 7:01 PM

    Your own “after” — what a concept! And what a beautiful little cove!! Great job. Now everybody is going to have niche envy.

  5. December 15, 2012 / 7:19 PM

    It looks fantastic! Wow! Great job!

  6. December 15, 2012 / 7:22 PM

    Holy Toledo! It’s great to see an after from you and what an after it is. Amazing what a difference it makes to the room, huh? Very cool! Good on you…

  7. December 15, 2012 / 7:30 PM

    Lindsey that is amazing!!!! Love it

  8. December 15, 2012 / 8:49 PM

    What a cute idea! You’ve totally made that little nook functional and a focal piece. Beautiful work!

  9. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012 / 9:41 PM

    so pretty!

  10. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012 / 9:43 PM

    Very nice. But did you consider using a mirror INSIDE
    the “fireplace” instead of above? That would really make it come alive!

  11. December 16, 2012 / 1:57 AM

    You did a beautiful thing! We have only one niche, and luckily the piano fits in it perfectly.

  12. December 16, 2012 / 5:42 AM

    Love it! Love the pencil mould inset and the plinth block bottom! And the caulk quote is brilliant! Some people really take it to heart! Ah, we’ll just caulk it! Haha! Love the brilliant white!

  13. stephbo93
    December 16, 2012 / 6:06 AM

    Great job!!!!!

  14. December 16, 2012 / 6:29 AM

    Yay! You did it! It looks gorgeous!

    I remember you telling me in our email exchange a couple of months back (I had sent you a before and after of our mantel and bathroom) that you wanted to build a mantel, too! Fantastic work! Have fun decorating it year round! 🙂


  15. December 16, 2012 / 1:29 PM

    What a great idea! And you’ve styled it beautifully!

  16. December 16, 2012 / 2:59 PM

    Hmmm, I really like it but I want to see some candles in front of there or something lol.

  17. December 16, 2012 / 4:16 PM

    I don’t get this look, given that this looks like a dining room, wouldn’t a built in bookcase/hutch/sideboard be a better use of this niche? It would add storage and display/serving areas. Your husband appears to be very handy, so he could built it. Either you are deleting the comments of people who don’t like it or you have a very retrained group of followers.

  18. December 16, 2012 / 5:10 PM

    Great job! I’d love a mantle in any room of my house, including the dining room! Somewhere I saw where they painted the wall inside their mantel with chalkboard paint, then drew logs and a fire…thought it was a cute idea…

  19. December 16, 2012 / 5:56 PM

    Awww…that’s so pretty. What a great job!!

  20. December 16, 2012 / 10:06 PM

    Is Nate single? 😉

    very darling!

  21. December 16, 2012 / 11:51 PM

    Thanks everyone for all the sweet comments! It’s fun to finally have a place to hang stockings in this Arizona home.

    And Eddielicious, if you had actually read the post, you would know that I agree with you all the way. I would love built-ins, but it’s not happening in the budget right now. This was just a simple holiday craft that I made with my brother, not husband, as the post clearly states. He does not live with or near me, and helped me out as a favor because my husband is NOT so handy, and he is nice. You should try it sometime.

  22. December 17, 2012 / 2:59 AM

    Can’t believe it … I mean I really can’t believe it … we are on the EXACT SAME page. I love my house but alas no fireplace either. Where to hang the stockings has been a problem for the 15 years we’ve lived owned the house. On the bookshelf? Blah. On a make-shift shelf hung on the wall for this one purpse? Ho-hum. So this year I decided I’m going to build my own fireplace, faux of course. I didn’t get it done in time for Christmas but since I’m off work the whole week afterwards, why not right? LOVE the way yours came out! Don’t you love Ana White? She’s awesome with the plans and inspiration. I’ll send you a photo! Happy Holidays!

    Carol, Lakeside, CA

  23. December 17, 2012 / 3:05 AM

    this turned out so awesome! it looks like it totally belonged there from the beginning.

  24. December 17, 2012 / 3:09 AM

    I LOVE that mantle! Wow, you did a great job – and who needs a real fireplace anyway? This is perfect for stockings and mantle decor!

    Laurel @ SoPo Cottage

  25. December 17, 2012 / 3:35 AM

    Your mantle is awesome! I have a “mantel-less” house and do miss having that space to decorate for the holidays! It makes a huge difference to your space!!

  26. December 17, 2012 / 5:12 PM

    WOW! That’s awesome! What a lovely addition to the room! 🙂

  27. December 17, 2012 / 8:09 PM

    did you make the candle sconces uneven on purpose?

  28. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012 / 10:18 PM

    loce it!!! As for uneven sconces…I think it is the angle shot of the camera.

  29. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012 / 10:56 PM

    Just ignore the haters!

  30. December 19, 2012 / 1:55 PM

    Wow, that was amazing! You are a lot better at home decor than you admit to–it’s just lovely!

  31. Annie M.
    December 20, 2012 / 6:30 AM

    This is so cute! What if you got crazy and threw some logs in, a la this guy: http://pinterest.com/pin/87327680244104948/
    I love your blog and read it religiously- Keep up the good work!

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