Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fireplace Mantel

I'm back. The art show was a big success - we had a big turnout and everyone loved the artwork. It was lots of work but rewarding. I'm really thankful we could showcase all the incredible talent in my art class and give a big shoutout to our instructor, John and his art school. He is the best!
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Back at the farm, I had one of those light bulb moments...

You know, the kind that goes off and you're like, "Now why didn't I think if that before?" kind of moment.

My fireplace has been a challenge for me since day one...too much brick and a shelf set too high. I'm stuck with it for now so I've been trying to make the best of it. (I do have some ideas on how to tone it down but it's a work in progress).

How the mantel looked when we first bought our farm
Since that photo was taken, I did paint the trim white which is a big improvement.

I was reading about Suzan's Faux Fireplace, loving her vignette on top of it, when it hit - and no, it doesn't have to do with building a surround although that is on my list! I've wanted something unique to place on the shelf but finding something has been a challenge - it would have to be long and narrow.

That's when I remembered the stained glass window I found at a garage sale...


 It's been propped against the bedroom wall while I tried to figure out what to do with it...

I wonder...would it work?

Bingo!

Add some twinkle lights behind it and there you have it! A unique, one of a kind fireplace look.


Add a cozy fire and it's a winner!


It's getting there one small step at a time. Hm, maybe I should paint the shelf?