I love mantels. For me, there is no better place to decorate for the holidays (or any other time for that matter) than a beautifully-crafted mantel. Unfortunately, I live in a home with no fireplace. However, when I found a gigantic, shabby mantel at a local thrift store (it turns out lone mantels are a thrift-store basic in Knoxville, Tenn.), I decided I wasn’t going to let no fireplace equal no mantel.
Naturally, I didn’t want an open hole where the fire would normally go, so I racked my brain for ideas on how I could fill it. I desperately wanted to make it into a bookshelf, like this one I found on Design Sponge, but my mantel is far too thin for shelves. Finally, I came up with an idea (later Pinterest proved to me that I was hardly the first to come up with this idea), and I got to work.
So, what was this not-so-original idea? A chalkboard fireplace! For someone like me, who is constantly changing her mind about everything, a chalkboard — where I can mix up designs for holidays, parties or any other time — seemed like the perfect solution. Bonus? It took far less time and stress than building a bookshelf. And if I get tired of the chalkboard, I can always paint over it or add a wallpaper back. Want to make one of these for your home? Here’s how.