DIY Project Parade ~ Dining Room, Faux Fireplace Fix and Banner

It’s been a busy week but I managed something small. We found this old fireplace mantel/surround in the barn when we moved in. I love that it’s original to the house and new I wanted to add it to a wall in our dining room.  I love the flexibility of moving things around, so I boxed it in so it is ‘freestanding’ and not attached permanently to the wall.

But the large empty hole bothered me.  After looking at the hole and trying various ways to disguise it or decorate it, one day this past week I decided to stain an old pallet and see how it would look.  Regular shelves were too deep, but the pallet is perfect.  One of these days I’ll turn the reclaimed pallet into shelves but for now, I wanted to play with it to see if it’d work and I love it. Perfect for the open box area with no fireplace…

What do you think?

With materials materials from Deco Art, Canvas Corp. and Rockler, I put together a “time to love, eat and pray” banner.

Here are some more shots of the dining room since adding a banner and pallet means re-decorating and taking from other rooms…

And still rearranging the attached ‘sitting room’ where I set up a small dining area to see how it’d look using things I already had on hand before making a decision to purchase or build something…

Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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