Is the ledge on your mantle too narrow?
This is such a common challenge. I find most mantles are too narrow for practical decorating purposes and it drives me crazy. My solution was coming up with an Easy DIY: Explanding the Ledge on your Fireplace Mantle (without damaging the original mantle!)
Here’s how I did it:
My original mantle ledge was 8 inches deep. I figured my ideal ledge width would have a depth of 12 inches.
The key here is to securly attach the L-bracket to the wall (I used anchors) and to attach the L-brack to the board with screws that are short enough so that they don’t go through the board and harm your original mantle.
And, Viola! There you have it – an expanded and more functional mantle ledge.
Don’t forget, your new, inexpensive, and easily replaced ledge can handle the items that might otherwise damage a mantle. Once I put a pumpkin on my original mantle and when the bottom started to rot, it also left a mark on my mantle. Now, with 1×12’s, I can put something like that on my mantle without a worry.
You could stop here – and stain or paint your ledge – but, I chose to go a different route… SuperMoss!
I love decorating with SuperMoss because it provides a natural base for all my mantle sets. (I’ll show you some pics of it with my Spring, Fall, and Winter mantles below).
You can buy it online from Supermoss.com or Amazon if you can’t find it at your local nursery.
One package of the Moss Mat cut into strips was enough for my mantle. I just attached it with a staple gun. (oh, heavenly day!)
The next time I get around to painting, I’ll probably paint the L-bracket to blend in with my wall color. Until then, I just conceal it – usually with a stack of books or a nest.
Here’s my mantle from last Spring. The moss adds texture and a hint of green grass beneath the row of winter wheat growing in a favorite thrift store find – 12 silver goblets.
In the Fall, I love how the moss echoes a forest floor and shows off drying hydrangea, books, and a collection of stones from the North Shore.
A mossed mantle is the perfect foil for Christmas Greens and pinecones. Fat pine cones and spruce topiaries add a seasonal touch.
One last SuperMoss trick – you can use small pieces of it to prop up items on your mantle.
Want to display something that leans over a bit? Straighten it right out by grounding it with an extra padding of SuperMoss. I love using it for elevating all sorts of things on my mantle.
Tomorrow, I’ll share how I put together my Christmas Mantle for 2013 – it’s on a 14 inch board covered in SuperMoss.
P.S. imho, L-brackets make great stocking stuffers!