In our family room we have a large fireplace, with a very wide mantle, but there is not much height above the mantle for large pieces of art, mirrors etc. (and yes.. the little potted evergreen trees are leftover form the Christmas decor. I just unplugged them!)
A couple of years ago I was at my Father-in-law’s house and mentioned looking for an old window pane to hang above the tub in the bathroom (in the old house, there was no window in the bathroom) and his girlfriend mentioned having some in the garage from when they replaced the windows of the house. I went home with 3 of them that day for free instead of the $10- $40 that I had seen when I was looking for them.
Last weekend I was sitting on the couch, looking up at the mantle trying to figure out what I could use to fill the space more without costing a lot of $. Then I remembered the window pane. I grabbed one from my craft room and leaned it against the wall above the mantle and it was the perfect scale! I really like the wood of the frame and how it warms up the space, and also ties in the wood of the antler mount hung next to the fireplace.
I am not calling this an “after” shot as I want to change out the art and accessories, but for a free update that makes a big impact on that large white mantle, I love it. I still have 2 more window panes, one the same size as the one on the mantle, and one that is a little larger. Trying to figure out how I will use them to add more character to our new construction home.
Now I need to figure out the art for over the couch, find/ make some throw pillows, get the coffee table to my super talented little sister Amanda for a makeover that we have planned (so excited about it!) , finish staging the built in shelves, find some reasonably priced quilts for the basket (to be used around the firepit) and then maybe I can share the entire family room!
Here is a before picture that shows the built -ins and fireplace.
And one last picture of the fireplace as it looked after Santa arrived this past Christmas.
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