Pondering the Fireplace Mantel

You know what is around the corner… Nope, not going to say it, not yet. But I would LOVE to finally have our mantel installed for the holidays occasion.

So far — our first year and a half, the fireplace has looked about. like. this…

red brick fireplace

But, I’ve got some fireplace mantel ideas…  let’s take a look!

living room with red brick fireplace

I’ve gone through a bunch of furniture arrangements, but on this day, the living room looked like this.

living room with red brick fireplace

Just for kicks, here’s the view from our dining area.

Ok, so you’ve got the vibe of how things have been going, and you can see the fireplace is a MAJOR part of the room, and it’s a bit bossy. Big and red and brick.

living room with red brick fireplace

But… I don’t mind it. I know painting out the seventies brick is a popular thing to do, but I’m thinking I want to save mine… but just tamper it a little bit.

That’s where a new mantel comes in.

christmas brick fireplace

This is about all I managed to do last Christmas, the last time I felt festive. I gotta say… brick is amazing for holding cards and photos — pretty handy.

red brick fireplace with brass insert

Alright. So, pretty much a blank slate right? We do have our new mantel. Well, its not new, but it was never used. Can you believe we scored a custom, all wood, hand-crafted mantel for $80? Yes. That happened. And, that only happens when you have a neighbour who happens to be a custom cabinet maker, and wood-worker, that built a custom mantel for a customer that never picked it up, and he’s moving across the country. Who doesn’t want to move a few thousand kilometres with a 50 pound mantel, right? … We got lucky. Reeeeally lucky.

red brick fireplace makeover

Thank you Photoshop for letting me test out what’s rattling around in my little noodle. So, our new mantel would run the width of the brick, pretty close to this mock-up.  Then, I thought we could build our own “supports” running vertically to the mantel, possibly with some raised decorative moulding?

Next, to help the fireplace look a little more modern and help the brick look a little less disco, I’d like to try something like Rustoleum’s High Heat Paint, on the brass fireplace insert.

red brick fireplace makeover

Brass to Black. I’m also wondering if we should maybe paint or white-wash the bricks on the inner portion of the new mantel and moulding? Hmmm…

red brick fireplace makeover

Oh! And we need to address the tile on the hearth. I don’t think it was installed very well, it’s bumpy and chipped… new tile possibly? We’ll rip off what’s there and see… I think it might be cement underneath it all.. maybe we can work with it?! OK — getting excited guys! Maybe… just maybe, it’ll be up before the new year! What do you think?!

Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaa!


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