The Stacked Wood Mantel (Before & After)

When we last saw the stacked wood mantel, it was covered in Christmas garlands. Here is how it looks on a regular day (with a little bit of messy pushed to the side of the camera’s view).

Different from how the room looked before, right?


The Christmas garlands have been packed away, along with the Christmas tree, but the string of buttons stayed. I miss the tree, but a clean look is nice.

It wouldn’t be so great to still have my tree up in February, now would it. Maybe.

To see more about how we made it, and by we, I mean Doug, keep on reading:  Building a Stacked Wood Fireplace Mantel.

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  1. You could always pop up a Valentine branch, an Easter tree, a… I will stop already!!! I have to say that is a vast improvement!!! And I love your buttons, they are just beautiful!!!

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  2. Who’s the man on the mantel? I’m very curious! :)
    Blessings, Rachel!

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  3. love it!

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  4. That mantle just rocks!! Your last post was what to get a man for valentines day. I’d like this mantle for V. Day!

  5. WOW!! That is beautiful! You guys did a great job.

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  6. It looks great! I love how you filled in the space above the mantel with the fabric covered board (is that what it is?). I never would have thought of that.

    It works great because it fills up the space but doesn’t overwhelm the mantel like a giant picture or painting would.


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    • That’s fabric across a wood frame. I tried a big piece of flowery fabric first but it was too much, so we took it down. I think I will try to make a skirt from it (just like Sound of Music).

  7. Love it!

  8. Jenni at My Web of Life says:

    We are lucky enough to have a fireplace in our house but I have to admit I’m trying to think of a room where I can build one of these babies! It is gorgeous! Very well done, Rachael (and Doug).

  9. Wow! This looks so cool!

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  10. I’m curious about the old library card catalog. Where did you get it? And what do you use it for?



  11. Rachel! I love that you just reposted this – I just pulled up the original post and told my DH we had to make it now that we’re moving…

    It’s still so beautiful – I can’t wait to see how it looks in my place!

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  12. I love this and think something similar could make a beautiful headboard. Can you give me some idea of the cost?

    • It’s hard to predict cost because so much depends on size and where you source the wood. I think it would look great as a headboard!

      • Oh, I didn’t mean for you to predict my costs. I wondered about the cost of your project. You’re right, though, it may not be relevant if we’re shopping in completely different places. Thanks :o).

  13. I love the way that looks and the Bogart picture is great. I have a few of him too.

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  14. I love this project! It’s so creative and unique, but still totally liveable.

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  15. Fun buttons!

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  16. Marie Jones says:

    Ok, I don’t know which I like best…the mantle or the card catalog! LOL
    Absolutely love the mantle!!!

  17. I LOVE this!

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  18. How creative – I love this!

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  19. Love it! I linked to it on my blog. Even though I have a fireplace in my house, this is definitely something I would love to do.

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  20. What an inventive mantel! Just beautiful. I have never seen a mantel like that before. Did you all build it yourself? Do tell!

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