This is the first time I’ve ever had a fireplace in a home! It was at the top of my list when we were house hunting and I am so pleased we found a beautiful home with one!
Our fireplace was a little outdated and it had no mantle. Although I was perfectly content with that, I debated how we could modernize it just a bit. Joel and I discussed possibly painting the stone white or black, but it seemed so permanent and you always run the risk of losing the personality of your home. The problem was, the stone was just too much, especially after we painted our living room white!
Then it dawned on me that we could just build a custom mantle. We decided to design a modern and minimal mantle, keeping it as simple as possible. Joel created a facade, but it’s really hollow and obviously not attached.
Because it’s not securely attached, we made a simple solution of placing eye hooks to stabilize the mantle to the wall. This would ensure the mantle wouldn’t fall and possibly hurt one of the kids! We also added a piece of solid Douglas Fur wood to the top of the mantle to soften the overall look and give it more flow.
I love how it turned out! It changes the look of the entire room – it feels more modern, but without losing that original stone. It’s essentially the best of both worlds. It softens the overall look of the living room and creates a more inviting and warm environment. Best part is, I now have a fun little space to decorate for the holidays!
Disclaimer: If you decide to build a custom facade for your fireplace, be aware that it could be a possible fire hazard. Refer to the manual for your fireplace for specification of how far combustibles have to be away from the fireplace opening. Because it’s easy to detach, simply remove when burning a fire!
What do you think friends?!
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