man·tel also man·tle (mntl)
1. An ornamental facing around a fireplace. Also called regionally mantelpiece.
2. The protruding shelf over a fireplace. Also called mantelpiece, mantelshelf; also called regionally fireboard.
Usually you would have a fireplace but we don't have one in our cottage. We did have a fireplace but during this cottages reno they took it out to add the master bedroom and bath. Gosh, I wish they would have kept it...we could use it.
So what is a girl to do. I took the literal definition on #2, mantel shelf, the protruding shelf over "a fireplace". Okay, I have a protruding shelf over my buffet...it will work.