I think I mentioned a while back that I've wanted to paint my fireplace mantel in my living room. I've had this "bee in my bonnet" for months now and I finally finished it yesterday and I so love it!
Here are some before's. This is a faux fireplace. We built a shallow box to attach the mantel and I've always had a mirror proped up inside
Old picture from 2006 when I still had the faux finish on my walls (gee how my look has changed!) and we hadn't yet taken out the dining room window and replaced it with french doors.
I bought the mantel about 10 years ago at the Lakewood Flea Market here in Atlanta. It was the end of the last day of the flea market and I had looked at all the mantels on the way in but they were way more than what I wanted to pay. So on the way out I stopped by again and sure enough the seller was willing to drastically slash the price. She didn't want to have to pack them all up in her truck again!!
This is April of 2008. Notice I've painted the walls!
This is the after
I can't tell you how much I LOVE it painted white!!
I put almost all my mercury glass on top.
Instead of having a framed mirror inside I decided to attach a frameless one inside and I love how it looks! Origainally I thought about attaching some tiles to the part that's black but right now I'm liking the contrast of the black and white. Maybe sometime in the future if I find the right tiles.
I'm really loving the yummy contrast of the shinyness of the mercury glass against the white of the mantel!
I don't think I'll put the fpl screen back up. I like it much better without
Just a bit of primer and paint and I have a whole new look for very little money! Now on to other things! I'll be back Wednesday with a few things I've gotten at the thriftstore in past few weeks and a fun makeover. Have a great week everyone!