Our deck continues to get spruced up and it is beginning to feel more like a living space. I've been doing some work on it, which you can read about here and here. Once the lanterns were hung I knew I would have to add something to the wall behind it, but I wasn't sure what to use. I initially had pictured some old rustic wood frames or a few canvas prints, but then I got the idea of a mantel. To fit in with the lanterns, I didn't want anything polished looking, but rather rustic.
This is where I started, with some metal shelf brackets and a
1 x 6 piece of wood. I ended up spray painting the brackets black.
I didn't want the wood to look perfect so I took a hammer
to it and beat it up. What a workout in a hot garage!
I used Dark Walnut stain that we already had. I also brushed on
a satin clear coat to protect it from wear and tear.
Here is the shelf without any decor.
I haven't bought anything in particular for the shelf so I had
to shop around the house to find some goodies to put on it.
The finished product. I can't wait to sit outside tonight and
enjoy a glass of wine by the candlelight.
1 x 6 piece of wood = $5.95
3 shelf brackets = $2.91
stain = free (already had)
decor = free (found around the house)
TOTAL COST = just about $9.00