HOWDY! I decided it's time to post some long overdue updates!
A year and a half ago, Hubby was about to head out the door to Menards to buy wood to built us a mantel and fireplace surround. I stopped him. HALT! NO NEED TO BUY ANYTHING!
We have such a stash of wood scraps and what-nots in the barn... just go dig around, I told him. You'll come up with something, I told him!
And he sure did!! But back then when I published that original post I had suitcases in the fireplace instead of our wonderful gas log and furniture that just didn't jive with my room, and an old camera with grainy pics to top it off!
Sooooo.... today I'm going to pull out a few of the same "before" and "during the project" shots, but I'll give new updated photos of how it looks presently! :)
Using the backside of paneling that we had left over from our kitchen ceiling:
Faux wood "pillars" actually made from styrofoam found in the barn....
As well as a beam (which was a little too dark and shiny for my liking but it dulled and brightened up a tad with some sanding:
Then I used Zinsser Perma-White to paint the pinkish brown colored granite surround.
A lot of folks were skeptical about this. I was warned that the paint might bubble or peel when the fire was going. NOPE! It hasn't changed one iota. No bubbling, peeling, nothing. Looks as new as the day I put it on! It does get pretty hot to the touch after the fire has been going for awhile, but nothing changes the paint OR the styrofoam beam for that matter. I was warned about that, too.
And here it is today! I'm sure it will be decorated different in a few weeks when my mom comes.
Her favorite past time at my house is rearranging the vignettes. If it was left to me, nothing would ever move!
See that desk hiding back there in the corner? That would be where this blog post is being created at this very moment. And now you know. :)
Have a boring fireplace?
Pin this image and make it beautiful someday!
The best part about this? It was absolutely FREE!!!!
(the paint was left over from another project!)
Wait.... we didn't steal the gas log insert. I guess we had to buy that!
But for this post, we're keeping it about the mantel/surround so, yeah. :)
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