DIY · Simple Living

The Mantel

A few years ago we went into a Tractor Supply and I spied a beautiful flat screen electric fireplace. Something clicked in my brain and I thought “oh this would be sooooo cool to build a mantel around in the living room.” Well three years later and one toddler running around and I finally convinced my hubby that this was a genius idea too! By getting rid of the free standing fireplace we had at the threshold to the living room and putting the TV on the wall above the mantel and therefore eliminating the TV stand we gained a couple of feet of floor space. Anyone with a toddler knows that a couple of feet of floor space can make all the difference! We picked up a TV Wall Mount and an Electric Fireplace online at Walmart with some great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals making the whole project less than $500 with all materials.

We used Ana White’s directions and made some minor modifications for our space. Full disclaimer (very biased opinion) my hubs is really talented at building things. This will be the third project we’ve done with modifications from Ana White – she makes such beautiful things and her directions are great! Hop on over to her site to check it out.

http://www.ana-white.com/2012/09/plans/mimi039s-faux-mantle

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