That bugs me...
So - I covered it up in pine wood.
This is where I started - pine 1x's that are cut to fit snug against the marble mantel ledge. I used a table saw to cut the wood slats length-wise.
With a nail gun and wood glue the following picture shows how the vertical pine slats are stacked on top of one another in various widths. Two 2x4's flank the sides horizontally and are secured with screws to the top side pieces you see in the above photo.
All of the pine wood is new and stained in Cabot brand - Midnight color stain. It's a water based stain that is super easy to clean up and it dries so fast. I love it! My paint brush can be cleaned and reused even after staining. I am super happy about that.
Facing the fireplace the right side is thicker than the left side but since the corbels are now hidden with wood I can balance the whole mantel and facing with other items like....
a bucket of kindling that hangs from a garden hook.
Behind this garden urn, that is filled with natural tree clippings, is an electrical outlet where the fireplace plugs in. I don't want to see that.
In the whole picture of the room - I can see the outlet but maybe there are enough other interesting places for your eyes to land.
I tried to get all of the walls in one photo so you can see the space and how it all goes together.
Don't you think the dark stained mantel makes the room more interesting?
The rock mantel is actually a complete wall that wraps around to our foyer.
If you look closely to the above photo then you can see that the newly stained wood is not actually replacing the marble shelf or rock but simply sitting tightly in front of it. I like to keep design options open for the future in case I eventually get bored of it.
In my opinion, the new stained wood mantel makes for a more dramatic focal point than the previous mono toned mantel. (HERE)
Here are a couple more pics of the decor on the top ledge.
We were exploring in the mountains over the weekend and brought home some very beautiful wood that has been dried out completely.
Freshly cut greens and electric candles illuminate the ledge among our natural fallen branches.
What natural accents do you bring in from outside? Do you have something unique to the area where you live?
I'd love to hear your ideas in a comment below.
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Enjoy your week!