We live in an itty bitty old house. I love it. Especially now that we have our new little room addition.
The one thing that I miss, however - especially around the holidays - is a beautiful fireplace mantle to decorate.
This year, I came up with a couple solutions for my non-mantle-having-ness.
My garland is hung on my television armoire, and my stockings will be hung on this:
It's just a board I bought from Home Depot that I cut down according to the wall space I wanted to put it on.
The knobs are drawer pulls from Target.
I debated endlessly about what kind of hanging device I wanted to use for my stocking holder (hooks, antique door knobs, painted drawer pulls, or a random collection of all of them), but finally came up with these little guys. I figure that they were simple enough to use for something different when Christmas is over.
First I stained the board.
Then I painted it Antique White (Farrell-Calhoun).
Then I sanded it with a few different kinds of sandpaper.
Then I drilled holes in the wood and attached the knobs.
Easy and cheap.
I still need to attach little hooks to the back of the board so I can hang it on the wall and then I'm done.
Now if I could just find those stockings... hmmm...