Fireplace Re-do

When we moved in last October, our fireplace mantle was orange and laquery. (And, yes, “lacquery” is now officially a word in my vocabulary) Not to mention, waaaay to puny. Take a look:

So I went out and bought a 1×8 pine board and stained it my favorite color- Walnut!

(Insert the sound of screeching brakes here) Wait. Back up. FIRST, before I stained it, I hit it with a chain and a hammer. Scratched it up with a utility knife and a screwdriver, and poked some holes in it with a nail. THEN I stained it.

So in the end, it turned out like this:

Then we attached it to the existing mantle, and voila!

As for the brick, I’m thinking of covering it with 2×2″ tumbled travertine tiles. Like the ones on the left, OBVIOUSLY!

I am going to remove the firebox insert thingy, and tile the inside, outside and even the hearth. There a gas line hook up in there, so we’ll have that hooked up one day. Hopefully before gas reaches $7.00 a gallon.

Now, here’s where ya’ll come in. I’d LOVE to hear your ideas on what I should put on my mantle. It’s so LOOOONG! I’ve just got that picture propped up there now because I haven’t painted our Master Bedroom yet, and I think it’s going to go in there. Don’t quote me on that though. :-)

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  1. Bella says

    Hi Layla,

    I posted my fireplace on my blog, come take a peek. Please ignore the curtain rod that is too long and the green chair that is too big…lol…hubby has to saw off the excess curtain rod, all in good time, right? And the chair, well, that is what I get for fallin in love with Steve’s Thinking Chair on Blue’s Clues! lol 😉

  2. Kris says

    Love the mantle – it turned out fantastic! So hard to decorate them sometimes though. Nothing ever stays on mine for too long!

  3. Mrs. Trixi says

    I love what you are doing with your fireplace. I have similar issues with mine except the brick goes to the ceiling. Yours gives me inspiration.

  4. sandra/tx says

    I love your blog. What a great job you did on the “new” mantle! Great style. I’m looking forward to following your adventures into your new career. Best wishes.

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