We purchased a new home in July 2014. My husband and I downsized since all the boys are grown and moved out. You are welcome to read my first post here. Ever since we have been painting, adding hardwood flooring, crown moldings, master closet, laundry room and refacing and adding a mantel to the fireplace. My husband does all the work, all I do is draw what I want on a piece of paper and he creates it! He is awesome like that!
Here is how the fireplace looked and with the moss green which was the original color of the house. There is nothing wrong with moss green but I had it in my other house and wanted a Caribbean feel in this home.
As you can see the bricks went up on either side and it looked like the letter H, without a true mantel. We have an entertainment center so we weren’t interested in adding the television over the fireplace. Neither of us wanted to tear down the brick either, so this is how we did it.
Here he is adding the arch frame to the interior and center. We decided to add the arch because we wanted to match all the arched entryways that are part of the living room.
Now he added drywall to cover the top portion of the bricks and arch.
Mud and sand the drywall as directed prior to adding your texture. He then rolled, using a medium rough roller the drywall mud to match as close as possible to the orange peel texture on the rest of the walls.
We then primed the wall, painted it turquoise to match the rest of the room, new hardwood floors, added the crown molding and mantel he made out of scrap wood!
Here is the finished fireplace. We removed the track lighting and added the chandelier. I just began accessorizing the mantel. I found all these items at our local HomeGoods store. I am not sure if I like it yet, but I may keep adding other things to it. We aren’t completely unpacked, so I am sure there are other goodies that I will find.
What do you think? Should I add more things to the mantel or is this enough?