Before and After

My Updated Fireplace & Reclaimed Wood Mantel

When we bought our new to us home, I knew I had a big job ahead of me.  The house hadn’t been painted in at least 15 years and was very dark and needed a major update.   Below is a before photo of the family room.  It worked for the family that lived there, but I needed bright and light and happy.

Stay tuned for a full blog on the makeover of the family room, but for now I want to focus on the mantel & fireplace makeover.

When we first looked at this house, I immediately knew that I wanted to paint the fireplace and add some interest, history and beauty with a reclaimed beam mantel.  So my first stop was meeting with my favorite reclaimed wood guys.  They are Awesome!

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The whole family is always involved around our house, so it was no surprise to Chris (my hubby) when I asked him to hold up the beam just so I could make sure where I wanted it mounted.  How long do you think I made him hold it there?

A quick trip to my studio to pick out some artwork and we’re done.  Of course, I’ll be adding a fireplace screen and other accessories — always need more accessories.  But I am crazy about how it turned out.

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