We have a new mantel.
I could not be happier that the chunky brick monstrosity of a fireplace and mantel isn’t as much of an eyesore as it used to be. We have lived in this home over 13 years and for 13 years, I have really disliked our fireplace. So, I figured it was way past time to do something about it. And after it was completed, I really had NO answer for why I didn’t do it sooner. Well, I did. Husband. But, that’s another post. 🙂 I am here to share my new rustic, wood mantel all dressed for Fall.
Rustic Fall Mantel
If you are new to The Everyday Home, I can say this fireplace has been through a small change already. I painted the red brick years ago in an attempt to make the brick go away. Then, I added a wood panel at the top above the mantel.
Here is my Christmas Mantel and Fireplace after it was painted all white…
And last year after I added a wood backing above the mantel. For last year’s Fall Mantel, I used liquid starch to adhere some Jacobean fabric.
But, I just wasn’t happy. It wasn’t right. So after putting off a DIY Fireplace and Mantel Makeover project all year, I decided to call in someone to do it for me, my fave Handyman. 🙂
He added wide beadboard on both sides and above the mantel. But, the biggest change came when he created a large, rustic mantel that covered the step-out brick mantel which I truly despised. I stained it Dark Walnut then distressed it lightly. LOVE!
The beadboard matches the beadboard across the opposite side of the dining room. I shared that space here in my Fall Buffet post. My handyman also made the mantel itself deeper, so I can sit much more on top than I ever could before. Such as a pair of these mercury glass lamps…
They are perfect and I love the juxtaposition between the rustic mantel and the bling of the mercury glass lamp with a burlap shade. I hung Buck back in his place of honor. I have had him for several years now and I still love him.
I arranged a layer of assorted heirloom pumpkins and gourds along the mantel.
I tucked in berries and fern and dried sunflowers heads.
The display only took a few minutes to arrange. I had originally thought about adding a wreath of some sort around Buck, but once I stood back – it was enough just like it was.
Rustic and charming and….autumnal.
I decided to leave the white painted brick around the fireplace opening as is, instead of also covering it with the beadboard. But informed my Handyman I reserved the right to change my mind. 😀 It needs a fresh coat of white paint, and then I can add some more Fall touches to the hearth. (I have something super cute planned I can’t wait to show you.)
So what do you think? Yay or Nay? Do you like the changes? I will share the entire fireplace makeover with you next week, as well as, a full shot of the Dining Room Dressed for Fall.
Thanks for letting me share my “new” Rustic Fall Mantel with you.
Deer Head | Faux Fern Stems | Faux Pumpkins from Park Hill
Fall Berries | Dried Sunflower Heads | Mercury Lamp Base | Burlap Shade
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I love your mantel – the green and gold colors look stupendous. Love those mercury glass lamps. You’ve done a superb job decorating that.
I’d like to have your “pumpkin & spice” printable but there is no way to open it. Can you check that out, please?
Thanks! Happy Fall!View Comment
Well dagnabit. 🙂 I forgot to add the link. I just sent out a followup email with the download link. My apologies. Thanks so much for letting me know. I hope you enjoy your printable. ~BarbView Comment
bonnie weiss says
What a wonderful transformation … well worth the wait. The chunky wood mantel is the proverbial icing on the spice cake.View Comment
Lanita Anderson says
Love your fall mantel! I’m working on fall decorating today and that includes my mantel. Thanks for sharing – enjoy the weekend!View Comment
love the mantel perfect for fall and hunting season as wellView Comment
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Kate thompson says
I absolutely LOVE this!!! Its so bright but yet warm!! Beautiful!!View Comment
Thank you so much. I know I am one of the few “traditional” Fall color gals left, but I love my color. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. ~BarbView Comment
Your mantel is absolutely gorgeous! Those lamps are divine! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome makeover with us at Merry Monday this week!View Comment
Fantastic decoration! The view even gets more gorgeous when you turn the lights on!View Comment
Personally, it will be more warm if you can add some chestnuts (or maybe I’m just a chestnuts lover who try to put them in everything 😀 ). Well done, Barb. I’m looking towards to your other home touring XOXO.
Erin Taylor says
Oh, the lamps are so beautiful. Color and pattern are perfect. You have a great taste of decoration. Thank you very much for sharing these nice pics.View Comment
Minnie Scott says
Fireplace is a unctuous land for our creativity. Your décor with sunflowers is really nice and interesting. A sweet connection between feeling of summer and winter. No comment about the deer head, that’s not my FAVView Comment
Love your mantel Barb! Of course I have always loved it. Your deer is divine.View Comment