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!


8 Responses

  1. Your fireplace wall looked like mine when I bought my house. No mantle, but, the brick was painted off white, with a long black slate fireplace seat. We have since added a mantle and kept the off white paint. I wouldn’t change the painted brick for anything. Love your mantel.

  2. I’m quite cautious and the only problem with painting all of the brick white is that you can’t unpaint it in a couple of years if you want to go back to the natural brick. But I love your mantel! It will be so festive for Christmas! (Ack! I said it! LOL!)

    1. Thanks Patricia! Yes, I think I’m part of the minority that still likes the old brick! :) haha… but, no matter what, it will be fun! For sure, we are SO looking forward to finally having a mantel for Christmas! (Ah! I said it too!)

  3. I agree – I think it would really update your room to paint the brick. I understand how it can be hard to alter something that was once so trendy and beautiful. In this case though, I think no matter what you do with the mantel, if you still have the seventies brick, it will really date the fireplace. Where as painting it white for instance, would really draw the whole unit together, like Anna said, and will really brighten up your living room.

    Something to consider! :D

    Thanks for sharing!!


  4. All great plans! I would definitely paint the interior brick white, as it will make it look more cohesive and like the mantle is part of the wall. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

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