Wow! So many great ideas! I even like varying ideas. No heads down amongst us junkers...there is no right answer and I defintely want varying opinions.
Some extra info.--the mantle is heavy, good solid wood, but is brittle on the back due to extensive termite damage.
I bought it with the damage because, during my Realtor days, I actually saw such mantles in homes. People like the imperfect.
As far as my own thoughts go...I agree with Sue...because I, too, am cheap. In fact, I think I am so cheap of a "pricer" that most of my items are being purchased by vendors with other booth locations.
Diane--Don't get yourself down in a valley. (chuckle chuckle) I actually like the wood color. Very warm.
Leveta and gang--I see the probable necessity of painting the piece...after I buy enough wood filler to put "humpty dumpster item back together again".
Lisa, I like your take. Freestanding Christmas decor. I see mantles used this way in store windows a lot. They look beautiful.
Another valuable piece of information for you gals is that I live in Primitive Alley. Primitive is not my decor choice...but I am learning to purchase what appeals to buyers. Hit some sales this weekend and bought as many primitive items as I could....have sold 50 dollars worth of items since Sunday. Most of my primitive items are sold.
So....what primitive type of colors would you recommend...or techniques...or additions ....or scenarios....
Any great primitive ideas out there?