Just before Christmas Mr. Eight built a new mantel for the fireplace. When we bought the house 2 years ago it looked like this in the listing photos
Mr. Eight and I tore out the harvest gold painted surround just prior to Mr. Eight installing the tv above the fireplace. We also purchased a pellet stove insert which we love. It heats our house so well on the coldest of winter days.
Here is the tear down of the lovely harvest gold mantel. I apologize for the pre-blog cell phone photos.
Because this is an honest blog, the fireplace surround looked like this for over a year. Truth.
After the tear-out, I cleaned and lightly white-washed the brick surround. A couple coats of white watered-down paint did the trick.
The new pellet stove insert.
I perused Pinterest for over a year trying to decide what I really liked. Come to find out I like plain and simple. Too many choices is overwhelming and a time suck for me. Just give me simple and I can work with it. Take a look at my Pinterest Fireplace Board so you can see where my mind was heading for this fireplace.
Here is the Pin I chose to work from. The House of Hepworths window trim instructions provided simplicity for the fireplace mantel.
I printed the Pin and gave to Mr. Eight. We had just torn out our daughter’s closet for a remodel so he had a few boards he could use to build the base. Since I was planning on painting the mantel, the finish of the boards was not a concern. I think including the paint, outlets (black in color) on each side of the mantel, and a few trim pieces we spent less than $50 on the mantel.
During the build, Mr. Eight finally decided on the TV he wanted, 5 months after he received the Golden Ticket to buy a larger TV for over the fireplace. I told him not to settle and to get what he wanted. Mr. Eight and our son measured and found that a 72″ TV was too big. Thank goodness!
The mantel was finished, the new TV installed (Samsung 65″ 4K HDTV Curve), and I got to painting the mantel just in time to hang the stockings for Christmas.
I painted the mantel with Lowe’s Signature Paint & Primer matched to Benjamin Moore’s Graphite. I love the color. It is a very dark gray to almost black.
This mantel is definitely a favorite DIY of mine. I love that I went out of my comfort zone and painted the mantel gray-black and not boring white. What do you think?