Mantel Decorations – Before and After

By Todd Fratzel on Interior Decorating

Mantel Decorations - After

Mantel Decorations - After

Mantel Decorations

I built a custom mantel for our new home and it’s been sitting “naked” for almost two years with the exception of a few Christmas decorations this year. My darling wife has been begging me to go shopping with her to pick out decorations for our mantel so it wouldn’t look so plain.

We ended up buying some great stuff on clearance at Pier 1 Imports. The main focus piece of art is a really cool carved wood portrait of mums. It was quite a steal at only $99.  We matched the artwork colors up with some vases and candle sticks.

Mantel - Before

Mantel - Before

Finding a piece of artwork that was the correct proportions was the hardest part. Our new mantel is very wide and has a very deep shelf on top. This was actually a result of a design to incorporate Old World Christmas lights that my wife collects. Luckily the piece we found is almost a perfect proportion of length to height to match the wall above the mantel.

I think we did a really good job. We spent a total of $200 for the piece of art, two vases, 3 candle sticks, the candelabra and all the candles. Another great place to shop for these kinds of decorative items is on Amazon especially because they offer FREE shipping on so many items.

Do you have a mantel? How is yours decorated? What do you think of our decorations?

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. Looks great! It is surprising how a few small items can make such a huge difference

  2. orlando handyman says:

    Great Job…big improvement!

  3. Fred says:

    Todd, looks great… Maybe you’ll be able to submit it this Summer for our Before and After event!

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