Monday, February 18, 2013

::Den Progress- A Faux Mantel ::

I've got a secret... 
Well, to you my's been a secret. 
I have a faux mantel. It was given to me about 4 1/2 or 5 years ago by my daughter. Someone gave it to her and she had no use for it after moving from her rental; so now it's mine! 
I've never shown it; at least I don't think I have.  I don't decorate it. Well, not for holidays, seasons,  or blog hops featuring MANTELS... I don't decorate it.  
I have just been ~keeping it to myself.  

Here it is. 
Notice:  I didn't show you the top. 
There's a couple of reasons for that.  Uh...You can't see the top. It's covered in what 'used to be decor' and a finely layered 'dust jacket'. 

Oh wait. That's not what a dust jacket is?  
Well, then no-- what is on my mantel is definitely NOT a dust jacket.  Uhm... it's more like a "dust cover" ...yeah. 

No-- I think just, a fine layer of dust, more aptly describes what is covering it. 
Anyway, I've been working in the 'Den/ Wonder-Room'.  The room with the little known and obscure faux mantel; and so far it is looking better. 
 I found this three-sided frame last summer on the curb-- we don't really have curbs where I live, it was more or less in the "bar-ditch".  It was set out for the garbage man. 

Today, I told The Honey my plan-- and as per usual... he took my idea and ran with it! 
He cut the ply wood, notched it out to fit around the mantel;  and then mounted it to the frame. 

In the mean time, I removed the wall mount brackets and raised them up and got the mantel mounted back on the wall almost 4 inches higher than it was. It actually sits on the baseboard now, and is mounted to those brackets. 

 Yes! I did that part... And now, here is my faux mantel, mounted a tad higher to accommodate my faux hearth! 

It still needs some paint--  hopefully I'll be getting it all done soon. 

I also have another project waiting to go as soon as this one's complete--it will also be in this room
here's a peak! 

Another piece of family furniture handed down and waiting to be used and loved. 

***For those of you that are new here---and just can't look away-- here's some back story on the room and where I'm coming from: 

The Beginning
Painted Paneled Walls

Oh, give thanks to the LORD for He is good; His loving kindness is everlasting.
~Psalm 107:1


Art and Sand said...

There are lots of things in my home that I wouldn't show yet - the laundry area.

Have fun fixing up your faux mantel.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Pat, Whenever I see the title of your blog "Corn in My Coffee Pot, it always makes me smile....thank you for that.
What a good idea to create a hearth for your mantlepiece. Once painted it will look fabulous, then you can have fun placing your treasurers on it.
Have a lovely day.
Best Wishes

The Boston Lady said...

I love your "Fantle" and your "Fearth"! That was such a clever addition to to FM and it looks great. Love your next project too - can't wait to see what you do with it!..I love "ditch" finds... Ann

Debbie Borthwick said...

Wow, it's looking great! Imagine all the wonderful vignettes you can create now, looking forward to seeing them.
Debbie :)

Gail Wilson said...

how cool is your mantel! faux or not! :) raising it is brilliant! It's going to be so awesome Patricia.
that little library table (desk) is sooo darn cute! can't wait to see what you do with it.