This poor man gets to build my ideas all the time.
He just wants to go hunting but I rope him in to all kinds of projects.
I've never had a house with a fireplace and I really wanted one in this house.
Budget kicked that idea out.
But I locked my brain onto a faux mantel.
I wanted it to match the concept of what is already in the house.
Here is the base he built.
I wanted the scale to not be too large but still fun to decorate.
The top is a piece of salvaged wood that we got from my father.
I finished the top with just satin wax and it really shows how pretty the wood is.
Then I primed it.
And did two coats of the same white paint as what is on the trim.
I still plan to add some more things to the interior box area.
Maybe another level of trim?
Fake painted brick in the back?
I'm not sure - but it is a great start.