Sometimes when you live in a plain beige apartment, you have to add your own architectural interest. We didn’t a have fireplace, and we thought a mantel would make our apartment more cozy.
What we had before was an entertainment center, but we were ready to move on.
We saw a similar mantel in an Anthropologie store display, and I suggested we try to make one. I had no idea what kind of construction would come next.
The stacked boards are nailed together. The wood is heavy, but it comes apart in five sections so that we will be able to take it with us when we move.
To avoid putting several holes in the wall, the mantel is built on two long boards that are mounted to the studs. The sections are assembled with brackets along the two supporting boards.
The center of the fireplace is chocolate brown linen.
We’ll keep it even after the holidays. The tree will come down and the blue chair will return. The garland will be stored away and we’ll add decorations for Spring. And the next time I make a suggestion about building something, I’ll remember that he might just take me seriously and do it.
(Update: Here is how it looks on a regular day, after the Christmas decorations have been put away.)