Despite recently showing our living room progress just a few short days ago – I’ve already made a big change! Typical me.
However, this has been something that has been on my mind for a couple of months now… the second it entered my mind I couldn’t stop picturing it!
I wanted to add onto our mantel.
Now don’t get me wrong! We’ve put a lot of work into our existing mantel and it’s a beautiful focal point to the room… but something didn’t seem quite right to me about it. The scale seemed ‘off’. The mantel is quite large, but the size of the wall made it appear much smaller in photographs, and it wasn’t showing how truly great it is!
After getting the idea in my head, I did what any girl would do… I explored on Pinterest. Here are a couple of fireplaces that stood out to me the most, and convinced me that this would be a GREAT idea:
Source: Beneath My Heart
Source: The Lettered Cottage
Aren’t those beautiful? However my particular fireplace is somewhat ‘fancy’ and I knew the horizontal planks wouldn’t look quite right, so I created the addition to suit the character of my fireplace.
Here is a reminder of what my fireplace looked like before:
To complete our project we needed:
- Painting Tray
- Paint roller, and a brush!
- Painters tape
- Wood filler
- Palm sander
- Wood (size of your choice)
- Crown moulding
The first step was measuring the height, and width of the space above the fireplace. This included both the left and right sides vertically due to the fact we live in a century home. Nothing is equal in a century home.
We then cut our wood to size, and screwed it into studs on the wall above the mantel:
(What a handy man! That’s Jeff!)
Next we cut the crown moulding with the bottom half being the measurement of the width we measured before. We then nailed the bottom into the wood, and the top into the ceiling.
We then filled cracks and screw holes with wood filler. We then left it overnight to dry.
The next step was to smooth down the wood filler with a palm sander. You may do this by hand if you like, but I found it much quicker with a palm sander!
Then we simply painted! It took two coats. A few natural cracks and knots showed through, in which case you could fill in more – but I like that sort of look.
Now here’s the fireplace after her (yes, it’s definitely a ‘her’) makeover!
The scale is MUCH better, don’t you think?
I couldn’t be happier with this little makeover! What an impact it makes – I absolutely love it!
Be sure to ‘Pin’ to come back later!
Linking up at many parties this week!
Enjoy your weekend!