Okay- we’re back at it in the living room this week! What once was half-sized:
…is now super-sized:
What fun to see it coming to life! The new hearth topper (a 2″ slab of limestone from Acme Brick) went down first, and then we started piecing the framework together.
Next up, we’ll paint the wood on the sides and bottom. (I’m taking one of the blue-gray boards to the paint store to have it color matched.) Then, we’ll install the rustic mantel beam (made out of 100-year-old rustic heart pine planks), and after that, our Spanish Fort bricks will go on top of the existing tile.
After that, we’ll attach and paint the crown molding, and build and install a white-painted mantel, complete with chunky, old corbels, underneath the rustic mantel beam.
And after that, it’ll be time to return to the restaurant. 😉
PS- I had a request to make the quotes at the top of my posts “Pin-able”, so just a heads up to let you know they’re clickable now. XO
Another creative update. Anxious to see the finished project. Those boards are amazing.
I love the look you’re going for & the inspiration photo is soo cute!! Can’t wait to see the finished look!!!
Thank you, Paige! Hope you have a happy weekend, too! XO
Elizabeth at Pineapples and Polka Dots
This looks awesome so far! I can’t wait to see it finished. I have always said, I would love a fireplace and mantle in our house, but our woodstove is installed in a way that wouldn’t allow for it. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through beautiful fireplaces like yours. Love that blue color!
Thank you, Elizabeth! XO
Tonya @ Rustic and Woven
LOVE THIS. This is looking gorgeous, Layla!! I love the blue in those boards and can’t wait to see the mantel go up. Thank you for always providing so much inspiration!! 🙂
Thank you, Tonya! 😀 I’m excited to share this makeover with you!
I’m absolutely fascinated (and so impressed!) by this process and I can’t wait to see the finished result. One question–I know you removed the old mantel, but what about the white surround? Did you just build around it or did it have to be removed? Thanks!
We removed the old mantel, Karen. It had to go in order for the new stuff to fit flush. 🙂
It is starting to take shape and I love it!
Thank you, Jen! 😀
Elaine - Visual Meringue
It looks so great! Thanks for breaking it down like this too so that we can watch how it gets put together. A great resource 🙂
It’s going to be awesome! This may be a silly question, but how do you clean old painted boards?
We’re using Magic Erasers, Ann! 🙂
Eeeee so exciting!! I can not wait to see the finished product! Looks great so far even if its just the bare bones
Lauren Baxter | LB Designs
I love that shade of blue, Layla. Can’t wait to see the finished product!
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life
This is going to look so god it makes me tingle with excitement! Can’t wait now to see the finished product!
looking good ,and the best description of what we woman love to do “decorate” or “nesting” as my friend would say 🙂 good for you .lets stay @ the restaurant ,shall we ?? 🙂
I can’t wait to see the finished project! I’ve loved your style since beginning to read your blog years ago. Your style is refreshing, calming, and comfortable. I love the vision you have for your home and the progress you’ve made in bringing that vision to life. Brilliant work!