Festive Holiday Mantel Decor

Kendra Williams

Article Posted By: Kendra Williams

of Momtique

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

As a part of our Holiday Style Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog, we sent Kendra Williams of Momtique a beautiful Snowy Pine Wreath and let her do the rest. Kendra paired the wreath with vintage decor and soft tones to make her holiday mantel a focal point.

Read on to see how Kendra created this look!

Festive Holiday Mantel Decor

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

It brings me so much excitement to participate in The Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge. Christmas is, by far, my favorite time of year. Each year, I look forward to decorating for Christmas in my own unique way. The most important part of decorating is to stay true to one’s style. Personally, I love a vintage feel, decorating with French touches, handmade items, using neutral and soft tones. When my Style Challenge item arrived, I was so excited to see that I had received the Snowy Pine Wreath. The overall quality and look of the wreath exceeded my expectations. This wreath is, in a word, beautiful.

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

This wreath was going to look perfect hanging on a chalkboard over my holiday mantel. I live in a small home, about 1,000 sq. ft., so my mantel is one of my go-to places to decorate for Christmas. Not to mention, chalkboards are great for decor all year round. In fact, you can make a chalkboard to your exact specifications, color and all. You are no longer limited to the traditional schoolhouse green or the common black chalkboard colors.

DIY Chalkboard

Materials

Tools

Step 1: Measure & Cut Plywood

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

The first step is to measure the Snowy Pine Wreath. It measures just about 30-in. round. If you’re cutting the plywood yourself, leave a total of 4 in. on each side, about 1 in. for the edging and 3 in. for the chalkboard to show around the wreath. If you’re having the wood cut at The Home Depot, ask for 34 x 34 in. I cut it at home with my Ryobi Electric Saw. Measure and cut the sides for the lattice. There should be two identical long sides and two identical small sides.

Step 2: Paint the Plywood

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

After cutting everything down to size, the second step is to paint the base coat for the chalkboard. This is chalk paint not chalkboard paint, so there are two steps to making this plywood into a chalkboard. I applied two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalked Aged Gray for the paint color of my chalkboard. It’s a beautiful soft gray that I’ve used many times on other projects. I knew it was going to look great as the backdrop for the wreath.

Step 3: Stain Lattice

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

While the chalk paint is drying, the third step is to stain the lattice. I applied two coats of Minwax Wood Finish Dark Walnut. I have to say, this color is exactly what I wanted and it is a perfect rustic stain color. I’ve used it many times on furniture projects and I’ve always been happy with the results.

Step 4: Apply Clear Chalkboard Finish

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Now it’s time for the fourth step. While the stain is drying, and after the chalk paint has dried, apply two coats of Rust-Oleum Clear Chalkboard Finish. Make sure you follow the directions on the label. Drying and handing times are very important!

Step 5: Assemble & Staple Lattice

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

After everything is completely dry, it’s time to assemble the frame onto the chalkboard.

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Here’s my tip: measure twice, cut once. DIY projects don’t always go as planned. The key is to not give up but rather, adapt to the situation. It turns out that my measuring had been a tiny bit off.

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

I sanded down the plywood just a tad and the edging fit perfectly. Problem solved and the next step was to staple the edging onto the chalkboard. I chose staples because I didn’t want to use clamps for gluing on my freshly stained frame.

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

The DIY chalkboard is framed and ready for some chalk and the beautiful Snowy Pine Wreath!

Holiday Mantel Reveal

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

I absolutely love the finished results! The color of the chalkboard perfectly complements the gray and white ribbon on the Snowy Pine Wreath. Also from The Home Depot is the Snowy Pine Garland laying on my large basket, coupled with the Inglow Flameless Candles on the edges of the mantel.

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

In addition to The Home Depot Christmas items, my vintage candelabras, handmade stockings, antique architectural pieces and door, vintage step stool, birdcage and books, truly make this space ready for the Christmas season!

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

Festive Holiday Mantel with Vintage Accents and Christmas Decor

With this simple DIY Chalkboard, you can make your Christmas decor special and one of a kind. Don’t forget to shop the Home Accents Holiday line at The Home Depot to help you decorate your home for this Holiday season.

For more DIY holiday ideas, see other articles in our Holiday Style Challenge series, and follow our Holiday Style Challenge board on Pinterest.

Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decor Department for more decorations to spruce up your mantel.