I have two little projects to show you today. A simple little Valentine’s mantel, all decked out on the mantel we installed on our stone fireplace (basic instructions included, in case you want one and don’t know where to start)!!! But I also wanted to call attention to the fireplace… we decided to use it for an un-intended purpose, and we love it!!
First the Valentine’s Mantel!
Basically, I found this awesome red wreath (at Kneaders, my favorite restaurant… they seriously must love me. I buy half of their display every time I go in there), But the wreath wasn’t cheap, so I really only bought that one thing, and just used a few other things that I had in my closet of stuff! And then because, we are doing a bathroom project, my old bathroom mirror was free and BAM!! we had a mantel!
(I made the little heart garland with my girls, with foam paper and a stapler!… man that foam paper stuff stinks?!)
On to the other weird thing we did… In the fall we showed you our fall mantel, if you check out the link you will see that we had to work around our TV and players. One of the main reasons we installed the mantel was to have a place for the TV, so that has been on the mantel since we installed it. But when I did my Christmas mantel, I didn’t want to have to deal with the TV. So we uh, put it in the fireplace!!! Crazy people!
So technically, the fireplace is not usable, it doesn’t draw the smoke out properly, and so we have never used it. We’ve had some fake logs in there that are fun, but our little TV fits in there perfectly along with our blue ray and wii…
Justin used some scrap wood to create a little stand for the players that fit the fireplace perfectly and then we just painted it black. To finish it off, we ran to Target to buy a fireplace screen. The best news to me, is that when people come over now half the time, no knows we have a TV! Awesome, let’s just sit around and talk… did you know that you could do that in a front room? Me neither!
The best thing? My niece showed me the fireplace video on Netflix… So now we have a fireplace too… it was perfect for our family Christmas party!
So, would you put your TV in an unused fireplace? Or are we just weird?… cuz if we are, I really don’t mind it!