Ok so our stocking aren’t hung yet, but we have a bright as a shiny new penny mantle on which to hang the stockings. Which I would say is more than half the battle.
Since I last wrote I found a old picture from our home inspection back in September of 2009 of how the fireplace looked when we bought the house. We’ve never been really fond of the awkward corner fireplace that left a lot to be desired in our minds in the terms of the style of home we were after. Apart from painting the paneling and adding a a pellet stove insert which provides awesome heat in the winter that we got for free from my aunt who was replacing hers. All in all we’ve mostly ignored it not really knowing where to start.
When last we left off in our story, our hero Bryan had completely removed the paneling and wall on the top of the fireplace to find some “creative” use of 2 x4’s and drywall damage from an old roof leak that had been repaired long ago but the damaged drywall had never been removed.
It was fun job reframing the support wall and removing the water damaged sheetrock …not really, but a necessary step to getting the mantel complete in time to hang the stockings. Good thing Bryan had his Father here to help. At least I managed to stay behind the camera for this step. Score one for the camera woman.
After all the behind the walls work was done Bryan moved on to adding the new pine bead board to the wall and building the mantel box. The core of the mantel itself is a simple wood box screwed into and few supports that he added during the framing stage to support the mantel.
And then he got a little bit ahead of himself and decided he needed to hang the TV over the fireplace before we could call it done. Don’t get in between a man and his 47 inch TV mounted on the wall even if the wall is still a work-in-progress.
At this point it still needed A LOT of extra molding to dress it up and finish it off, including where the stone bottom meets the pine bead board.
Thank goodness for the long weekend. Over the next couple of days Bryan diligently added additional molding and trim around the top and sides, a piece of wood I’ve been calling the apron to transition from the stone to the wood and some pieces to dress up the boxy molding.
You can see above where he added the vertical pieces to add depth and break up the long horizontal line.
Then as a finishing touch we added decorative molding to the top edge taking it from just a wood box bolted to the wall to a beautiful mantle we are over the moon about.
Just for comparison sake and mostly because we can’t believe how much has changed here’s how the fireplace looked when we first bought our home.
And today this is how it looks.
Overall we’re kind of giddy excited over how this whole fireplace mantel thing turned out. Bryan’s also pretty impressed with himself on how he was able to pull it together. Seeing as this was his first big project with large amounts of 45 degree angles to cut he was cautious as he cut each piece, checking and double checking as he went. We went into this with an idea to move the TV allowing us extra floor space in our narrow living room and are pleasantly surprised how much it changed the look of the entire room.
But before it’s actually ready to hang stockings on we’ll need to stain and seal it. Right now we’re leaning towards a white washed finish to keep with the Lake House feel since this room has a direct view of the lake through the sliding glass doors. But I’ll be sure to show off how it all ends up.
Hopefully we’ll get that all completed this weekend along with putting up the tree. But for now we’re totally in love with the way it turned out. Is it weird that we keep staring at it?