To me, there is nothing that says “it’s the holidays” more than a fireplace mantel dripping with stockings. It reminds me of my childhood, sitting in front the fireplace on Christmas Eve, forcing myself to stay away, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the main man in red sometime in the night. We’d wake up the next morning and tear through our packages under the tree, but secretly I couldn’t wait to take down that mysteriously stuffed stocking hanging on the mantel. What memories! But if you don’t happen to have a fireplace mantle to hang stockings from, don’t worry, you can still experience that same magical nostalgia with some crown moulding and a little DIY spirit.
I found this beautiful mantel ledge shelf with hooks elegantly and simply decorated for Christmas on Our Vintage Home Love blog. If you’re looking to make this your holiday centerpiece, place it the room where your family typically gathers and add greenery, bulbs, bows, candles, and of course, stockings. The best part, this shelf system is something you can incorporate into your home décor year round with books, candles, photos, etc. That’s one less thing to take down after the holidays!
You could easily build this crown moulding wall shelf from just four pieces and a few supplies:
These are just dimensions I would use, so buy your materials based on the size of the project you want.
I use prefinished crown moulding whenever I’m working on most of my DIY projects at home. You can buy it at any building supply store like Lowe's or Home Depot. It’s already painted or stained, and it’s so easy to wipe clean – and no splinters or cracks to worry about! There are a variety of moulding profiles to choose from to fit your style. You can use any style of profile of moulding for the front – be as decorative or understated as you want it to be. You can make a generous wide shelf by layering different profiles for a more sophisticated, old-world flavor, or use smaller more narrow profiles for a more modern streamlined look. This shelf attaches directly to the wall to give you a clean floating shelf without brackets.
Thanks for reading! Please share your pictures and ideas on your own holiday decorating tips and design inspiration. Don’t forget to visit my other holiday decorating ideas on Pinterest.
I fondly remember my first apartment – all 550 square feet of it – and my first Christmas tree. With limited space (and a limited budget), I didn’t have room for a 6’ fresh-cut Douglas fir. So, I settled for a 3’ cedar scrub I cut from my parent’s backyard. It didn’t have the traditional, pleasant evergreen smell and feel of a fir tree, but it gave my tiny, grown-up pad just the right festive touch for the holidays; even if I did have to constantly pick the sharp, stiff needles out of my toes.
The other day, when I was searching online for some holiday craft ideas, I came across this cute DIY wooden tree. This would have been the perfect solution for my small apartment Christmas tree dilemma back in the day, not to mention fun to make, and no needles!
My DIY intuition is telling me to build this tree and put outside on the front porch to welcome guests and family in for the holidays. Now, I’m just consumed with ideas of design possibilities like hanging lights, adding a glitter-covered star, painting warm holiday greetings on the “branches”, or hanging some bulbs. You can make it rustic, sophisticated, or as tall or short as you want.
When it comes to building materials for the tree, let your imagination run free. This is the ideal project for upcycling. You could use old wooden pallets or strips of left-over lumber from other projects. Because I use a lot prefinished moulding for my craft projects, I have left-overs that would be perfect for this. Especially since it’s going to be outside during the winter weather of December, prefinished, polystyrene decorative moulding is a good choice because it’s moisture resistant so it won’t rot or mold. You can find it Lowe’s and Home Depot. I love the prefinished polystyrene moulding because it’s so easy to wipe clean and dust, and it’s already stained or painted, and it uses the same tools as traditional wood. Another design opportunity, because the moulding comes in so many different profiles and styles, you can create mini shelves as branches to display ornaments, photographs, or little wrapped tokens of friendship for your guests to take home with them. Wow, time for me to get busy!
If you’ve created a wooden Christmas tree like this, please share your decorating ideas. And don’t forget to check out my winter holidays decoration ideas on Pinterest for some inspiration as well.
I’ve noticed that a big trend in kitchen design these days is open shelving and cabinetry. Some cabinets have no doors, and some have glass door panels. Some folks are opting out of cabinets all together and going with open, easily accessible shelving. Either way, all of your glassware, dishes, plates, and bowls are visible. I personally like this design style, although I’m not sure I have enough matching dishes to openly show, but in theory, I love the idea.
The concept of displaying some pieces of glassware that you want to show off for an aesthetic element is very doable with some crown moulding shelves or ledges. If you have a bare wall in the kitchen, instead of adding a painting or another piece of wall art, add some shelving and display some colorful coffee mugs and saucers like they did in this image. What I really love about using crown moulding for shelving is the variety of profiles to match any style. Not to mention, you can buy it prefinished in a multitude of colors at any home building store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. These shelves don’t have to be for glasses or mugs or plates. You can display anything of interest – candle votives, decorative jars, or small canisters.
In addition to making a design statement in the kitchen, ledges and shelves made out of prefinished moulding are perfect for organizing, decluttering, and showing off collectibles in other rooms. My husband, a musician, collects vintage metronomes. Currently, he has about seven of them hidden away in plastic storage beds in a closet. They’re too pretty not to be displayed. We’ve been thinking lately about how to show them off without creating clutter. Last week, while looking for some ideas, I found this great picture of moulding ledges holding die-cast metal cars. Though the shelves in this picture are too narrow for the metronomes, it’s a wonderful idea that could easily be scaled to fit the project.
This just goes to show you that picture ledges aren’t just for pictures. I used decorative moulding shelves in my own craft room as well. They’re perfect for holding ribbons, beads, paint, anything you want, and it helps keep my room organized, and not to mention stylish with clean lines. However, keep in mind, when you bare it all on your walls, you have to be vigilant about keeping things tidy. I’m still working on that!
I’d love to see your decorative moulding shelves! It’s such an easy DIY weekend project, perfect for these cold upcoming winter days. Check out my other DIY weekend projects on Pinterest.
Blue wallpaper with mini pink, peach, and white flowers, and a matching border with complimentary colors. This is not a Throw-back Thursday Facebook post. This happens to be a real-life, present day nightmare that I live with every day – my master bathroom. It’s true that our master bedrooms and master baths don’t get the immediate attention that other room makeovers get because they’re the two rooms that your guests rarely see. Now, this remodeling project is front and center in our house.
I love coastal cottage styles, so I’ve been looking for some design inspiration in Coastal Living magazine and Houzz.com. I love neutral colors, tasteful stripes, and plantation blinds. I especially love the look of weathered wood. For my flooring, I’ve already picked out a porcelain tile that resembles weathered wood planks, appropriately named, Antique Chateau.
Of course, to me, the one element that screams coastal cottage is wainscoting and decorative moulding and trim. I especially love wide moulding profiles and the paneled look of wainscoting and beadboard because it adds a bit of historic flavor to any room.
I love the combination of the wainscoting and the wide moulding base and chair rail profiles that frame the wainscoting in this picture I found on the Inteplast Building Products website. Wall moulding is such a versatile, easy, but stunning way to dress up any wall and add character to make a strategic design impact. The best part is you can buy pre-finished, multi-use moulding from any building supply store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, that doesn’t need painting – unless you want to – and comes in so many styles and options the hardest part will be deciding what look you want.
I think wainscoting or beadboard are perfect for bathrooms because they invoke old-world charm where craftsmanship was the rule, not an upcharge. You can install them at any height, not just half way up to meet the chair rail. I love that it evokes a coastal or cottage vibe, and not just a country aesthetic.
The other design element in this image that strikes my fancy is the wide window valances. They’re so elegant, but at the same time, casual enough to fit any décor setting – urban, country, coastal, you name it. Oh, and I can’t forget the claw foot bathtub. You can’t have a coastal cottage without one!
For my DIYer pals out there, let me know where you are finding your bathroom design inspiration these days. I’d love to see how you incorporate moulding and trim ideas into your rooms. Also, check out my Pinterest board as I continue to collect bathroom ideas!