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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fireplace Mantel

Hello my friends,
my fireplace mantel is finally finished and so...I have another before and after to show you!

This is the original fireplace in my 1927 Craftsman Bungalow.

Before:


This is what it looked like after my son, the bricklayer, refaced it with old re-claimed brick.  To see more about that go here.


 The last thing that I wanted was a new mantel on the "new" fireplace.

After:


My husband built it, then I painted and glazed it a tiny bit. I'm thinking that perhaps it needs a little more glazing.


I'm also joining Knick of Time where they featured me this week!  Thanks so much to their lovely hostess, Angie!

Have a great week, my friends, and thanks so much for coming by!

Hugs, 

Cindy


This pretty much concludes the makeover of my living room and eating area, it's been fun, but I'm glad to see it done.  Perhaps one day I'll do a before and after of the entire thing, it's come a long way, I think.

36 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

What a pretty mantel! I adore your welcome banner.

Thank you for showing the last picture with an overview of your area. So many times our pictures are just of a vignette or such and it is hard to imagine what the house flow looks like.Yours is lovely!

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh Cindy, your new mantel looks beautiful! I'm glad you painted it white and beefed up the trim. Your hubby did a great job. I also like the sweet welcome banner. Your room is changed for the better and says "Welcome". Now you can relax. :) Hugs, Pam

Elna said...

It's so much better! So nice for you.

Hugs
Elna

Rebecca said...

Really, really nice! I can tell that you're happy with the results - and well you SHOULD be :)

rosarod said...

Hi Cindy, Wow! I love the change. You know I love the white and colored, I think this change has favored home! Greetings, Rose M.

miabellavintage said...

wow you get a lot done at your house ...it looks awesome!!!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Cindy
The mantel looks great. Your fireplace reminds me of mine, alot. Mine is from 1939. My red bricks seem dull anymore. I need to research to see what I can do to spruce them up!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Wow! The mantel just makes it! Isn't it perfect now? It looks so great in your room. Well, the whole room looks great. Absolutely love it.

Robin said...

Oh Cindy! It looks amazing. It must be wonderful surrounded by so many talented men! LOL. They did a great job. The display on top and the banner make it look even better.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

When you first mentioned changing your fireplace, I couldn't see a reason why. Oh me of little vision! I love this!! So light, bright and fresh! Very vintage too. All I can say is wow!

Gail said...

WOW Cindy! You, your husband and son has done an AWESOME make-over! You have definitely achieved the look you were going for. I love it all!! Now take a break and enjoy your new space my friend. You deserve it! Hugs, Gail

Shabby soul said...

Beautiful room my darling friend!
You (and your family, we can say) have done a great chenge in your home, now it's all so ... nesty.
All is bright, welcoming, fresh.
I like it all! Hugs my darling
Silvia

Faye Henry said...

Very beautiful, Cindy.. You did a lot of work and it is all so lovely..
Blessings, dear friend..

Nancy said...

Love! It's beautiful now, Cindy! I really love the slipcovered chairs, the fireplace and mantel and the overall homey and cottagy feel of your home!

Hugs,
Nancy

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

You need to sit back and enjoy all you have accomplished. You are finished just in time for spring and spending time outdoors. The mantel is stunning. I think it's perfect without more glaze but you are the expert! Have a good rest of the week and put your feet up. :o)

Sue said...

What a lovely mantle. Good job Raymond! Your living room would look welcoming even without the cute welcome banner. You must be so pleased with all of the work you have put in. Now you can rest and enjoy your spring!
xoxo Sue

Ana said...

Oooh, I love it Cindy. It's perfect. Great job Hubby! :-)By the way, the last picture looks like it is straight out of a magazine. Beautiful. Happy Spring my friend.

Much Love,
♥Ana

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Very pretty!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Cindy- I have to agree with Mary Ellen- so glad that you included the over view of the two spaces. I think it looks so lovely together!

Your Mantel and fireplace are wonderful. I bet you're so smitten with the husband for getting your little items done! You two make a wonderful team. {smile}

~Pat

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

This more substantial mantel looks like it goes with the fireplace better Cindy. I'm sure this was a lot of work, but it was obviously done with a lot of love in your family. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Shelia said...

Oh, Cindy! Your new fireplace looks wonderful! I love it and I love the mantel painted white too! You've certainly decorated it beautifully too! Congratulations on being featured!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rhonda said...

it is beautiful! Pretty re-dos like yours are why I rarely read magazines anymore. Your pictures and projects are real and more interesting than anything I've seen a magazine.

Enjoy your hard work!

Pat said...

Cindy your mantel is perfect. Beautiful!

podso said...

Your husband did well. I love the white mantel--just transforms it all. You've done such a lovely transformation...it's nice to see it from this perspective! Great last photo!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That turned out beautifully, Cindy! And it is perfect in your room now! It must be fun to see all the completed projects!

nannykim said...

Oh , I do hope you do a total before and after post. It is nice to finish a project, but knowing you you will be tweaking things. I do love the natural wood mantle--I sometimes like the natural wood and the woodsie feel it gives me. The white is nice too because it gives a brightness to the room. We are supposed to have the tile put in our kitchen and dining area next week and I surely hope I will like the results, but if not, we can always throw on some rugs!

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

What a great remake! Love it. I really love the last picture with a view of the entire room--awesome.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

The mantel is just perfect! Love it and the cute banner. Your slipcovers rock! I think you did such a good job on those.

Yes,I'd love to see a whole before and after post on your living room!

bee..shaw said...

love everything about this makeover..so fresh looking and the blue is spectacular !! love the mantle!! brenda shaw

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

You're right...the look has come a long way and I love your new mantel. Everything looks so bright and cheery now. I'm sure you can sit back and say "aahhhh". Enjoy!!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your mantle is awesome :) I love the white and those bricks are amazing.

blessings,
karianne

Betty said...

What a great job you and your husband have done with the mantel. It sets off the fireplace beautifully. A lovely room, Cindy.
Hope you are enjoying some sunny spring weather.
Happy days,
Betty

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

This is so beautiful, I love the new old brick and the whole feel of the room is so serene and comfortable. :)

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Fabulous Cindy! It looks wonderful! It's just perfect now and I think the whole room looks lovely! You have such a beautiful and cozy home! Angie xo

Brittany said...

It looks fantastic! I love that last pic - just like a magazine =)

Linda Z said...

Looking very charming! :)