I’ve been saying for years that I needed to do something about our mantel. It was super shallow…
Only 7 inches deep, to be exact! If you are someone who likes to decorate your mantel with each season, then you understand why this is such a problem. You can’t put much on only 7 inches! I knew that this could easily be fixed but it’s taken me a while to get my act together.
Why do I procrastinate on things I know will be quick fixes!?!?!
So, here’s the before…
I stacked the mirrors two Fall’s ago. (I know because I blogged about it! 😉 ) I like how they add height, but I didn’t have much room to put anything else.
They have stayed in the same same place for almost two years…without moving. And when I finally took them down, I found all kinds of a mess!
There was dust mixed with leftover Christmas “items”. So, let me show you how I fixed my little problem:
1. Measure the existing mantel. I added two inches to the front and an extra inch to each end. Don’t go much farther than 2″ or your proportions will look funny.
2. Cut a piece of wood to fit the desired dimensions. If you don’t have saw, just measure everything before you go to the hardware store and have them cut it for you.
3. Place the newly cut board on top of the existing mantel, measuring to make sure the two ends have equal proportions.
4. Secure it using a few finishing nails. You might need to add some filler to the holes on this step.
5. Tape off all wall surface and paint. The easiest way to tape around an uneven surface (like molding) is to tear the tape into small pieces.
I decided to go with a darker color, this time around. I have plans for the walls in this room and I think once everything is finished they will complement each other. At least I HOPE…if not it’s ONLY paint!
Do you see all that room!?! What a difference two inches can make. 🙂
This project cost me around $15 for the wood (I had all the other supplies), and took maybe two hours to complete. I say two hours only because of having to paint and wait in-between coats. The actual construction only took about 30 minutes.
And to keep it real, here’s how my house looks when I’m in the middle of project…A MESS!
The upside: A finished project makes me want to keep my house extra clean for at least a few days! 😉