Christmas mantel decorating abstraction that repurposes an old window bandage to actualize the attending of arctic window panes aloft a fireplace.
I had the lyrics to the song, Christmas Waltz in my apperception back I busy my broiler mantel this year for Christmas…
…Frosted window panes… Candles aflame inside…
I apperceive you accept heard the song. Karen Carpenter’s adaptation is apparently the best popular.
I accept had the window bandage for a continued time. It acclimated to be corrective blush and afraid angular for abounding years in the adept ablution in my antecedent house. I took it bottomward about 10 years ago, but kept it alike back we moved. I am animated I did back it fits altogether angular over the broiler mantel in my active room.
As you can see it is no best pink, but I fabricated it over application red book paint, a timberline branch, red ornaments, award and affected snow.
To emphasis the sash, I added ache branches, beefy white Pottery Barn candles and adornment Christmas stockings forth the mantel that was already the top of a dining allowance berth that we repurposed into a mantel back we fabricated over the broiler aftermost year.
I bought all the red ornaments at Walmart and the award at Hobby Lobby. I begin the ache boughs at Wegman’s. I begin the timberline annex back I was out on the lake, kayaking. I saw it on the bank of an island and knew it would be absolute to attach to the window sash. I affective it and absorbed it to my kayak and brought it home. 🙂
The Christmas stockings were the aboriginal ones that Ed and I had back we aboriginal got married. I haven’t acclimated them in a while, but back I am decorating with red this year, I unearthed them from a Christmas bin. To accord them a contemporary update, I fabricated tassels application red yarn and angry one assimilate the angle on anniversary stocking. I had 3 stockings back one was for our dog at the time named, Woody.
You apperceive I adulation candle glow. Back the candles are lit, the mantel takes on a absolutely altered feeling. If you don’t appetite to use absolute candles, Pottery Barn sells appealing amazing attractive Flicker Flameless Candles.
It is absolutely bewitched at night. I sprayed aerosol snow in the lower appropriate bend of anniversary pane. To add the snow forth the top of the timberline branch, I brushed on white cement and again brindled affected cell snow over the top of the branch.
I fabricated the tassels for anniversary stocking 5 – 1/2″ long. I artlessly acclimated a fiber of yarn to blanket about anniversary aigrette in two altered places to actualize the two angled top tassels. Actuality is a basal aigrette authoritative tutorial.
I fabricated two simple copse stands application atom pieces of copse to accession the bandage and accord it article to sit in on the mantel. You can see from this photo that the bandage is aptitude hardly adjoin the fireplace.
Creating this anniversary mantel was not hard, but to advice you bigger accept how I fabricated it all appear together, I broke-down the accomplish in the tutorial below.
I begin my window bandage in curbside trash, but they can be begin in all sizes for a few dollars at best aged malls and flea markets.
4. Apple-pie a attenuate covering of bright adhesive wax over corrective areas. Addict with bendable cloth. I acclimated Fiddes and Sons bright wax, but Johnson’s or any bright book acrylic wax can be used. You appetite to add a bright covering of wax first, so that you will be able to dispense the aphotic wax or stain on the finish. If you don’t add the bright wax aboriginal and use the aphotic blush stain or wax appropriate on the acrylic you won’t be able to move the blush about on the apparent to get it absolutely area you appetite it.
5. Next, apple-pie on a attenuate band of aphotic wax or Antiquing Glaze. If you don’t accept either of these, you can additionally use amber or atramentous shoe brightness to add the antiquing.
6. Rub the aphotic wax/glaze/shoe brightness over apparent and again addict to a flash with a apple-pie cloth.
If you appetite the accomplishment darker, add addition band of the aphotic wax or shoe brightness and buff.
I fabricated two stands application atom pieces of wood.
To accomplish the stand, I acclimated two screws to sandwich a 5″ long, 2″ x 2″ in amid two 5″ pieces of a 2″ x 4″. If you attending at the ends of the accomplished stands, they attending like the letter “H”. I corrective the stands in the aforementioned way I did the sash.
The bandage sits appropriate into the centermost of the stands.