I’ve always dreamed of falling asleep to the crackle of a roaring fire. Nothing screams romantic B & B like a fireplace in the bedroom. Alas, no such luxury existed in our bedroom, though that is not to say that sparks don’t occasionally fly in the master suite.
A chance sighting of a vintage mantle in a local salvage yard brought my dream to life. Sort of. I bought the piece and sanded it down to remove the worn, chipped paint. I repainted it, then did some sanding of my own to add the character back into the mantle.
The tricky part was attaching the mantle to the wall. I screwed two eye hooks into the back of the mantle, then screwed eye hooks into the studs of the wall. I threaded heavy-duty twine through the hooks to pull the mantle against the wall and anchor it.
Next, candles were added to the top of the mantle, with an additional candelabra on the floor. While they don’t provide the crackle, pop, or heat of a traditional fireplace, these candles do a fine job of adding some sensual, flickering light to the bedroom.
Don’t have the wall space to add a full-size mantle? Look for a smaller or vertical mantle and prop it in a corner of the room.