Before we get to the Barn Door ‘Mantel’, I want to say that I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a fun ‘Black Friday’. Whether you enjoy getting out with all the crowds of shoppers, or if you prefer to sleep in and have a lazy day – ENJOY it! Most years I pull out the Christmas decor on Friday after Thanksgiving. This year I’m enjoying some time away – we have spent this week in Kansas with my sister and her family and my brother. We had a wonderful day together and I listed the food we fixed in my Thanksgiving post.
It is hard for me to believe it’s almost been a year since I joined up with a group of amazing bloggers to create a monthly challenge of some kind of DIY using a different medium each month! Today, the last Friday of November, we bring you Project Challenge #11. Item to be used in our projects – beadboard.
Last week as I was working away, 15+ hours a day trying to get everything done that had to be done if I wanted to take a week off, I remembered this Project Challenge and that the category was beadboard. The first thing that popped into my mind was a piece of beadboard, purchased at Lowes or Home Depot, and something created with it, involving the table saw and all kinds of hubby’s tools. And my head swam a bit and as I looked at the piles and piles of pillows I had to get shipped out before we left I sadly resigned myself that I wasn’t going to be able to make this project.
And then mid-week I picked up this old barn door. And the day before we left on vaca it hit me that this was old beaded board and just might work perfectly for a quick but really fun project!
Thus, the Barn Door ‘Mantel’ was born!
And since the sun was shining and I could get some pretty good photos it all came together quite nicely. I even put together the vintage white Christmas tree I just found this year and you get a sneak peek of it! It’s not decorated yet but you better believe that will be happening very soon after I arrive back home!
If you don’t have a fireplace you can create a mantel somewhere else. I saw a photo this year where someone hung their stockings on the piano. I’ve seen them hung from a shelf. I usually hang ours on our stairway.
If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t let that stop you from creating a ‘mantel’ from something else. You could use and old door, hang a ladder, use a piece of wood, a shelf, a piano, a bookcase, china hutch, stairway, anything you DO have to create a place to hang stockings or to decorate for the season.
The stocings are actually for sale – I’m doing a craft sale with my sister here in Kansas before we head home. If they don’t all sell I may just have to keep these 5 and use them this year. I rather love the way the plaid looks against the old barn door.
The pom-pom wreath is from Jo-Anns. I’ve thought of making one but when this one went 60% off I knew I couldn’t buy the yard I wanted for the price of this finished one, and I didn’t have the time anyway. So I brought it home and I love it. It had one of the pom-poms coming off so they took another 10% off making it even cheaper. 😀
So what do you think? Would you use this barn door to create a Christmas ‘mantel’ if you didn’t have a fireplace? Or is it maybe a bit to rustic and chippy for your taste? Do you have a fireplace to hang your stockings on?
And now go see what my very talented friends have created with beadboard! I know you are going to want to start creating immediately!
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Some more Christmas projects I’ve done that you might like –