In our old home we had an extremely dated mantel above our fireplace that we would have loved to have replaced it. If you or your husband is handy… this is a really simple DIY mantel guide that you can finish in one day. You can always opt to buy a pre-made mantel but it will cost you a pretty penny to get one with this much wonderful detail.
Just follow the directions in this guide and adjust based on the length of the space you want to shelve. Enjoy!
Click the link for the tutorial.