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  1. Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft
    February 18, 2012

    Wow.. LOVE that bookcase fireplace!! Pinning this now. :)

  2. Bettsi
    February 19, 2012

    Yes, I have to say the bookcase is my favorite- the pop of yellow makes it especially appealing. I also love the chalkboard fireplace! I have a fireplace, but no mantel! Also, there seems to be a metal flue directly under the drywall so I haven’t had any luck hanging a shelf. To further complicate things, it’s a corner fireplace- otherwise I would buy a mantel and float it in front of the fireplace. Ever see anything like this? Any ideas?

  3. Donna @ HomeBusiness
    February 20, 2012

    I love the one with the wood in layers. I adore wood indoors and those fake mantelpieces are great idea for a room.

  4. Becca
    February 23, 2012

    Can anyone tell me the wall paint color in the picture with the aqua color wall?

    • Audrey
      March 26, 2012

      If you find out the wall color, I want it too!

  5. Jamie
    March 27, 2012

    Gorgeous ideas! Any clues on how to cover up, refurbish, etc. a SUPER ugly decorative faux fireplace in an apartment? I absolutely loathe mine :( Absolutely ANY help would be appreciated! Thank u!

    • Beckie
      March 28, 2012

      take a picture of it and I can post it on my facebook page and we can give you some ideas.

  6. mel
    March 31, 2012

    I love the stacked wood with the candles. We have no mantel in our rented house, but have a beautiful dresser given to me by my parents last year (it was a wedding gift to them 40 years ago). I grew up with it and love it and it makes a great focal point in our kitchen/diner. At Christmas it was covered in homemade trees with my paper cone wreath hung in front of the mirror above it, and decorations made by my children.

  7. MIMI
    October 2, 2012

    I have an addiction to fireplace mantels, have purchased 3 antique ones over the years- the first one was installed over a fake hearth built by my son in law in a corner of my living room and we inserted a large tv in the opening ( this was before flat screen tvs were affordable) i tiled the hearth with broken tiles and the mantel was painted 2 colors- white and tan- since then my daughter moved and took the mantel with her and again her husband built a hearth for a corn burning stove and installed the mantel behind the stove. My oldest mantel i purchased was 150 years old- very rustic, unfinished wood ( very rough ) with a dark stain- my daughter is using it as her headboard- she inserted a piece of plywood covered with upholstery grade material in the opening. My last purchase was a very large white oak that is painted white and it replaced the missing mantel on my fake hearth. The first two mantels cost me $50 each- what deals they were, the white oak i paid $120, to those who might get the mantel bug like me, search out antique stores and such and happy manteling.

  8. Rebecca Bartelt
    November 3, 2012

    I love the mantle used with a bookcase inside the opening. I also like the stacked wood piece w/o the “legs” of the mantle. I already have the faux mantle. It is made from old chippy white wood with very old metal tile inserted just below the shelf part and inside the top of the opening. I have have it in storage for years. I love it but wonder if I am trying too hard to blend styles that will not look right. I want to use the mantle in our bedroom. We have dark cherry furniture. It is repro antique. but has no distressed marks. It is in perfect condition.
    SO———-my question is, Should I use the mantel at all (even though I really really want to?
    I need honest answers please. Thank you fellow decorators!

  9. megan
    November 10, 2014

    Just bought a house that has a fire place but they filled it in wit concrete I don’tknow what to do with Iit please hel I can send a pic I just don’t know to what email address

  10. Elizabeth
    November 22, 2014

    I’m changing my house, one room at a time, to French/Shabby and have just acquired a mantle to do as a faux fireplace. I have a white lounge with 2 chairs, restoring another 2 (carvers) and I feel I’m so out of my depth. This is first attempt, I’m enjoying the whole process but aaaagh !!!

    • Beckie
      November 23, 2014

      Wow, I am sure it will be beautiful when it’s all finished! Please keep me posted, and let me know if I can help in any way.

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