Amazingly, Connie finished her mantel makeover within days! She read all of our suggestions and comments here and got right to work. This is the note she wrote:
I finally did it! The fireplace is painted. Cannot image why I waited so long…although I suspect it falls into the “laziness-getting-my-own-projects-done” category.
It was an easy fun project. Took a little time, but it was worth it. Cleaned with a Magic Eraser (the magic is TSP, ya know), glued on a wooden applique from Hobby Lobby, then painted with a paint + primer. Allowed to dry, then very lightly hand-distressed. Voilà! A fireplace that fits the room.
Thanks for all your readers’ comments. Sometimes it takes a little nudge for us all, every now and then to ‘get to it’…even though I honestly knew I should have painted this two years ago when we acquired it.
Here again is Connie’s Before:
And her beautiful After:
Just gorgeous! And did you notice the detail she added:
I love the little details that make a piece stand out individually, don’t you? I am glad she distressed the finish also, looks soft and unique. I was truly astonished that she finished it so quickly. I think she already knew she wanted to paint, she was just looking for a little confirmation that was the way to go. We all run into those situations when it is our own home, always second guessing ourselves.
Thank you Connie, for sending in a real dilemma for us to solve and/or make suggestions for! You did a wonderful job. Another project down.
Do you all agree that the mantel looks gorgeous and works in the room better? You can see even more photos of Connie’s mantel transformation here.
Anyone else need a little ‘nudge’?
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