Do you remember when we ran to Alabama the summer before last, right before our move to the rental? We fell in love with this HUGE antique fireplace mantel. And, made plans to build our fireplace around it. Well, you know how the house building idea wound up. ???? So, into the Woods and Ivy Cottage it went. I LOVE the shape of it and I wish you could all see it in person. It is MASSIVE. It’s 7′ wide and over 5′ tall. I loved everything about it except the color. It appeared a little too gray to me. So, I decided to give the mantel a little makeover. Keep scrolling for our mantel makeover tips.
When we first brought it home to the rental, we used it as a head board. It worked out perfect. And, then I moved it out into the living room behind the couch and decorated it each month with a different theme. Well… as soon as we finished our fireplace brick wall at our cottage last week, that beast was promptly installed there.
I loved everything about our fireplace mantel except the color. It appeared a little too gray to me. So, I decided to give the mantel a little makeover. Using the same white paint as the trim will be in the cottage, and the brick wall, I gave it a light coat of paint. There were so many old layers that weren’t visible in photographs. So it was easy to create more of a white wash look.
It is now more my style and it will go so well with my woods and whites that I love so much.
I have had people ask over on social media if this fireplace mantel will stay here in the cottage when Deb makes this space into a workshop. And, I can’t answer that. ???? The electric fireplace insert (that project is coming soon) will definitely stay so she will want some type of mantel. It probably all depends if we find another one that we love just as much.
We have so many projects coming up that I will be sharing here soon, including a bead board wall in the kitchen, the electric fireplace that I mentioned above, the flooring that is already installed, and the front porch lights. So stay tuned for all of that fun!
What do you think? ????