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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!


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.