Too Narrow for Furniture so Made a Faux Mantle Cost Less Than $100

The walkway was too narrow for furniture so with some fun looking in flea markets we found a 20x20 in ceiling tile and used that as our starting point
This is when it was all done
I sat with graph paper and the measurements of the ceiling tile and worked out what I wanted the faux mantle to be like. I went on a scavenger hunt for brackets for supports of the "mantle" shelf,
Because the brackets I found were meant for a curtain rod, I found them for less than $7 in a second hand store. I went on another hunt for a glass door knob and for $5 was able to buy a full set. We set them in with putty "funtac" which gave it a bit of a blue glow.
the "tile" between the ceiling tile for the faux opening and the under shelf board I stained green is 1 of those back splash/plastic tiles to go in a drop ceiling grid. We got it in Menards for less than $20. We used Liquid nails to attach to the wall placed the under mantle board over the top edge and glued on with a brad nail put in each end to prevent sliding.
we added the shelf supports using screws into the back of the curtain brackets going thru a bullet rosette and into the wall with mollies.
the shelf was mounted to the brackets with liquid nails and a brad nail. The last thing we did was cut 4 blocks for the corners of the ceiling tile to lift off the wall since there is an outlet there and I wanted to have the ability to access the outlet if necessary. Besides it gave it more dimension for a shelf to hold a few precious items.
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