Happy Fall! For over a year now, there’s always been a mirror above the mantel in the small, but quaint living room of our house. I always thought it helped to make the room look bigger. But over time I got tired of only being able to see the ceiling fan in the mirror. And it wasn’t too picture friendly either.
No matter what angle I tried to shoot from, it was there. I can hide cords, toys, dog bowls, and piles of mail, but I can never get rid of that ceiling fan.
So I had three options. Live with it, get rid of the ceiling fan, or get rid of the mirror. Well, obviously relocating the mirror was the easiest and most logical. 🙂
Then I had to decide what to fill the large wall above the mantel with. I’m planning a living room makeover for next year (imagine that!) but for now I built a wooden panel to fill the space where the mirror used to be.
No, this is not another one of those DIY rip a pallet apart and make a faux fence thingy above your mantel. Although those are really nice. This time I opted for the cheaper and easier way out… and yes, I’m proud of it. 🙂
I went to Lowe’s and picked up a pack of Evertrue V-groove Wainscot in pine. $11!!! That’s all it costs to make this project. Sorry, no picture of the actual unopened product here because I was too excited to get it home and put it together. What can I say?? Those that know me well, know that patience is not my virtue. 😉
I glued the panels together with a little wood glue and then painted the entire panel white – about 2 good coats should do it.
Once it dried, I added some support to it by tacking two strips of wood to the back of the panel. It was actually left over window and door trim used in the office update, but it worked!
I never really realized how many (faux) pumpkins I had until I collected them all for this fall harvest mantel. But I like having them all together in one spot now. I wrapped some scrapbook paper around my plain white candles to dress them up… just a little.
I love the new wooden panel above the mantel and I’m already thinking of some ideas for the Christmas holiday decorating. Best of all, the mirror works perfectly in the master bedroom since we didn’t have one for the dresser anyway. Love when things can be repurposed!
Hope you had a great weekend and be sure to check back in later this week. I did a major update to the home office and can’t wait to share the pics!! I may just stay in that room all week! 🙂