Hey my friends!
I have been missing you all...
Our internet was experiencing technical difficulties for several days!
So, what's a girl to do?
Build a mantel, of course!
I saw a photo in a Pottery Barn catalog of a rustic mantel,
and called my personal carpenter.
He said, "I'll build you a mantel."
And he did.
He started with this:
He cut and added the old fence boards that we've used on several other projects.
Then he added the large posts.
Last, he made the top mantel shelf.
Of course, I couldn't help myself, I painted it with a whitewash.
"Fresh Cotton" from Behr, just like the walls.
Our fireplace sits on a diagonal wall, in which the ceiling slants upward.
This area has always been an "eyesore" in our dining room.
Now, I think it just may be the highlight of the room!
Have I ever told you how much I LOVE my carpenter?
A few details about the Christmas decorations:
I made the burlap stockings, just drew the pattern with chalk.
I added fresh cut evergreens from our pasture.
I am only using natural colors in the dining room.
The big galvanized lanterns came from IKEA last year.
Here are more photos of the dining room.
This tall candlestick was a gift from my Aunt Cindy...she knows me :)
Yes, those are old bedsprings on the tree.
Having a mantel over the fireplace sure did make decorating much more fun!
Finally, a place to hang our stockings :)
Do you have a mantel to decorate this year?
I'm joining The Lettered Cottage Christmas Mantel Party