Fireplace Mantel
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Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

My husband and I love fireplaces…

There is something so warm and romantic about a fireplace…and the mantel sets off the fireplace, like nothing else. A mantel is both beautiful and functional.

   
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We wanted beautiful mantels in our home, but our trim carpenter wanted an arm and a leg to custom build each mantel, and we needed three. We had the framing carpenter install 2X4s above the fireboxes to support the mantel installation, but ran into the problem: NO MANTELS TO INSTALL.

So, once again, we had to be resourceful. I looked on the Net, too expensive! I went to the framing lumber supply yard, too expensive! I went to the wood trim place, too expensive! No luck!

Mantel Decorating We didn’t have a choice! We HAD to have some kind of mantel up there! And then one day, I was picking up decorative light bulbs for the lights on our stone columns in the front, and ran into a section of the store that had prepackaged mantels. I was thrilled. I picked up three (about $118 apiece) and proceeded to the paint aisle to pick up stain and paint. These solid oak mantels are very decorative and average 5 feet long. One of them is longer… the one in the living room over the big 47-inch see through fireplace. We are REALLY pleased with the way they look, and installed them ourselves.

Since I love Christmas, and collect lighted ceramic villages, my husband had the electrician install an electrical plug on the top of each mantel. At Christmas time, I put in a multi-plug and plug in lighted garlands, which adorn the mantel. As it turns out, I have used these plugs year ‘round, for clocks and lighted crystals, and don’t know how I got by without them!

Of course, there is a wide range of mantel choices, but one thing is for sure: Once you have decorated a mantel you don’t want to be without one! After all, what is a fireplace without a mantel?
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