Wow! Here's what Jaime told us: I really wanted a faux fireplace in my house this Christmas since I don't have a real one. So I got an old mantel off of Craigslist and gave it a makeover. But when I moved it into my house, there was an ugly outlet and white baseboards showing behind the mantel, making it look very fake and out of place on my wall. So I got a flat board, painted it with black chalkboard paint and slipped it behind the mantel, covering the outlet, wall, and baseboards and creating more of an illusion of a fireplace. It was a cheap, easy, and kid-friendly fix. My kids can draw on it and just for fun, I can draw a warm, cozy fire on it to enjoy.
What a terrific idea and Jaime's styling is so cozy we'd never guess this mantelpiece wasn't original to the room. Do you want to see more of this project? Visit Jaime at Caught in Grace to read about acquiring the mantel and transforming it into this homey finished piece.
(Images: Jaime Scott)