This year I have collected several fireplace mantels that required some elbow grease, sandpaper and paint. In fact out of six fireplaces in the house, only one is real.
This one I picked up at Et Cetera on West Main Street. I used a putty knife to remove all the ugly applique embellishments, sanded the old paint, painted and antiqued it. The stove is electric and it takes the chill off the room as I snuggle up to watch Christmas Specials on TV.