And neither will this...but she's just going to have to figure that one out on her own... :)
It would get way too hot to have things sitting on the stove like that! So, enter faux mantle. A lovely place to perch my "pretties" (as my mom would call them) and a focal point in the living room.
I started a garage sale hunt back in August, right after we moved in. I thought I had scored immediately when I pulled up to the first garage sale of the day and they had exactly what I wanted!! And for only $3!! Whoo hoo!! After my day was done, I headed home eager to try out my new "mantle". I walked in the door, held up my prize and immediately had regret. The shelf was SO dang long that it covered up a foot of both side windows....this was not going to suffice....
I figured I wasted $3 and would have to find a place to quickly chuck it so that Skyler wouldn't have to know about my failure of the day and remind me why I should always measure...boys. :)
The more I looked at it, the more I realized how easy it would be to cut down the side and reattach the trim to the new and shorter edge. Dad could do this in a minute! I stashed the extra long shelf in the shop for the time being and left it there for a few weeks...
While browsing the UGM thrift store, I spotted 2 thick wooden shelf brackets for $.98 for the pair. PERFECT. These would look WAY better than the flimsy inch-thick junk that was currently on it (I told you I had buyers regret....).
I thought I had taken a before picture of it...but I guess I didn't. It was literally like almost 6 feet long (what was I thinking?!) and was VERY rough. The brackets to support it were just inch thick pieces of plywood cut like a triangle...and no finished edges on the brackets....just ugly, thin, can-they-even-hold-any-weight? brackets.
I handed my sad shelf over to dad with my new thick brackets and told him "four foot!" He cut and replaced the trim and fixed 'er right up for me, sanded and all.
Here's the after-dad-fixed-it-but-before-paint pictures:
(I have an awesome dad, btw. This is where I get my DIY passion from. I have never in my life seen a project that dad has backed down from or not fixed.)
I slathered on some paint, since I'd been in the midst of painting several house items anyway, and got her hung up!
And the full effect: