Vintage Fireplace Mantel

December 6th, 2008 in member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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When you light all the candles it actually throws off heat! Not enough to heat the room but if you sit real close it’s not too bad.
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When you light all the candles it actually throws off heat! Not enough to heat the room but if you sit real close it’s not too bad.

When you light all the candles it actually throws off heat! Not enough to heat the room but if you sit real close it’s not too bad.


I built, painted and distressed this mantel as an alternative to a real fireplace, which would have cost $30,000. Adding up all the wood, paint, etc. this project cost about $25.00. I picked up the candle holder at a tag sale for $5.00 and mounted it to the mantle base. The red striped area is painted ½” plywood. The old plastic Santa was .50 cents at a garage sale and hasn’t melted yet.

It's located in my bedroom so you can see it while sitting in bed...very relaxing.


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, cottage, christmas, bedroom, mantel, santa, junk architect, concept, sketch, fireplace, jim healy

Comments (7)

Dinantiques writes: Yes, this is a very "cozy" place to be! :) Posted: 5:48 am on December 11th
georgiamoon writes: You crack me up...this is great and you have quite the talent for painting, oh and great ideas to go along with that talent! Very inventive, Georgia Posted: 4:36 pm on December 10th
kopykatkim writes: Love the Santa who is peeking out of the fireplace, kids of all ages would love to see that face on christmas morning. Great Job on the whole vinyete, and it's in your bedroom another bonus!

Kim Posted: 5:28 pm on December 7th
eveh writes: Very creative. I like the way you used the Santa face in the center. I think a big wreath would work too. And some pretty Christmas stockings, hung on the mantle. One of those big electric candles on either side of the fireplace. Posted: 1:52 pm on December 7th
suewhitney writes: Very cool. Once again, nice work!

Be well,
Sue Posted: 9:08 am on December 7th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: You really have some skills there, Mister. Beautiful work! And you are quite thrifty, which is always refreshing to read.

Great job and thank you for sharing with us. Keep 'em coming!

Candy Posted: 8:54 am on December 7th
catbishop writes: Nice job, I love all the stuff you are making.. Posted: 3:10 pm on December 6th
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