As soon as we moved into our new home, I knew I wanted a mantel shelf over the fireplace to display family photos and holiday decor. Our inspector told us that our fireplace needs to be relined and that we shouldn’t light a fire. So until we fix our fireplace we placed multiple pillar candles to add ambiance without the risk of burning our house down. I really love how our fireplace and mantel are looking. There are a variety of textures to give interest to the eye and a family picture from this past Thanksgiving in Yosemite. The next little update on my list is to find a new fireplace screen. Any ideas?
We bought this Mantel Shelf and stained it with Black Cherry Wood Stain, which after several coats became a beautiful dark brown with a hint of cherry. After staining to the desired color, we used Polyurethan to protect the wood from stains or scratches and to add a nice glossy shine. Gently wiped the varnish with steel wool. Then we waxed the shelf with Howard Wood Polish with a soft cloth to smooth, finish and further protect our stunning mantel shelf.
For the month of February, I hung this amour sign (made by Butterfly above) that we had at our wedding hanging in front of our sweetheart table ♥