Before & After: Making Over a Mantelpiece

published Aug 17, 2016
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Marisa’s living room was feeling a little dark and dated. She knew the carpet had to go and had her ideal fireplace mantel in mind. With a few trips to the tile store and some help from her dad, Marisa was able to make her mantel dreams come true.

(Image credit: Submitted by Marisa)

From Marisa: When we first moved into our ranch-style home, between the old brown carpet and the dingy brick wall, the open concept layout felt dark and small. While some people love the rustic brick wall, I knew that it wasn’t for me!

I wanted a custom sized mantel, so I had to do a lot of research on how to build it and design it! Our biggest priority was to make sure the structure was going to be secure and fire-safe. I had originally envisioned a bright, clean look for the surround, but you can really get lost in ideas and colors when you head to a tile store! I must have changed my mind and design ten times before my husband lovingly reminded me to stick with my gut and my original concept. That’s what I keep him around for!

My father helped us as we demoed the old flagstone that was on the hearth, built a frame for the sheetrock, and executed the mantel construction. He also helped us tile the surround – we are so lucky to have his expertise! We decided to leave the brick wall in the dining room to keep a little bit of the rustic feel, but to brighten it we applied a few coats of whitewash.

The living room is now my favorite room in the house. It is the first room you walk into when you enter through the front door, and I think the fireplace makes a bold statement. I am so proud that we did it all ourselves, and it’s amazing to say that it is all custom made!

  • Floors are stained “Provincial” by Minwax
  • Paint color is “Lazy Grey” from Sherwin Williams
  • Sofa and wingback are from Raymour and Flanigan
  • Louis chair is custom w/Tommy Bahama “Swaying Palms” fabric

Thank you, Marisa!