I am now under the impression that there is nothing that some planked wood and white paint can’t fix.
Actually – I think I already knew that. 😉
Today I want to show you the before and after remodel of our fireplace – which just happens to be all decked out for our Cottage Christmas. It has been especially enjoyable to decorate our Christmas mantel this year because of the updates.
First, lets take a look at what the fireplace looked like before all the white.
I’ve always loved our living room. It is the largest space we have ever had and it is over flowing with natural light. The kids spend the majority of time in this room. The couches are jumped on, slept on, and snuggled on. The floor takes some good beatings with grace, and it is usually covered in toys. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
However, the orange stone on the fireplace has bothered both my husband and I for years.
One evening, he decided to see how hard it would be to chisel it off. By nightfall, I had a room covered in dust – but no orange stone! We decided to keep the mantel piece how it was for now, but to add some white planks and old wood for the hearth – plus a little detailing to the bottom section.
It took awhile to adjust our eyes to all the white (took him longer than myself) – but once I started adding things for our Christmas mantel – the room fell into place.
If you saw my last post on this pom pom wreath, than you’ve already seen the vintage blue and white baby crib headboard I added up there.
I first was hoping to add an old window, but couldn’t settle with the prices at the antique stores. Then I remembered the old crib (as in the one I used to sleep in), my mom gave to us. It does not meet safety requirements now-a-days, but was perfect for some re-purposing.
It started out yellow, and too long for the mantel. My husband cut it, and I added the blue and white chalk paint and scuffed her up a bit.
I also added some evergreen clippings I found from a tree up the canyon.
And we stuck with our tree stump stocking holders my husband made, which I have loved for years.
I made all new stockings this year for our family of 6. The bottom fabric is bleached drop cloth and the top fold is white linen.
The preserved boxwood is from our yard and the ribbon bow adds a special touch.
And yes, the Christmas tree is already up and has been for a few weeks now. The crazy things bloggers do – I know. My daughters preschool teacher asked me today if I ever just wanted to feel normal. Ha! Truth is, I really enjoy all this and it is a creative outlet that I really need in my life. Also, the goal is to have the house all ready before December, so I can focus on family and more important things.
Our countdown ladder and bags are all ready for the kiddos (tutorial HERE), and just a few more things before the living room is complete. Then on to the Christmas kitchen! – (which will be much less involved).
I’d love to hear what you think of the fireplace mantel! What would you have done in place of all that stone? Just don’t tell me it is too much white – because I won’t listen 😉
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