Project House Mantel* Reveal

February 14th, 2013

Okay okay, I know I’ve been a major blog slacker. We did so many many projects in 2012 and I just didn’t have the time or gumption to get them posted. I’m feeling bloggy this week so I am going to hopefully do a bunch of quick updates so you can see what we did and a little about how we did it.

If this is the first time you’ve stumbled upon my blog, Mr. Project, my husband builds all our cabinets/furniture/built-ins. I dream it up, and he makes it happen,and somewhere during the process we work through all the design issues together and come up with a final product thats even better than my vision.

Okay back to the Mantle… this house was old, old and ugly when we got our hands on it. This is what the family room looked like before (brace yourselves):

We took out the old stove, and painted the brick charcoal gray, and thats how it was for a solid year. You can read a little bit more about that on my Mantle Plans post.

Mr. Project and I went through a lot of design ideas with this one. Should we build the fireplace surround out of the wall more? What about book-cases up to the ceiling? Doors or drawers or just shelves? etc etc. After a lot of discussions, we came up with this vision:

Once we had dimensions down, Mr. Project started the build (in our garage shop):

In the mean time we hired a contractor to come and chip out the mantle brick and the footer brick (took about an hour or so):

We decided to leave the existing brick (it was in great shape) to add depth instead of chipping it out and then having to build out the depth with steel studs and cement board.

Our tile guy came and installed cement board everywhere the tile would be and sealed off all the old brick with some sort of mortar stuff. Note the blue tape where we finalized the measurements/placement on the mantle beam. There’s nothing like actually seeing a representation of what you’re making to help with crucial decisions.

Mr. Project installed the cabinets and shelves:

Then he built the mantle, legs, and details.

Here you can see the elevation:

And then we had it painted:

Once it was painted we had to wait a few weeks for the tile to come in. We ordered a small 3/8″ stacked mosaic tile made of a natural stone… I am totally pulling a blank on the material – maybe lavastone??? I’ll come back and update when I remember.

We liked this because it wasn’t your run of the mill brick, rock, or large tile. On the floor we had ┬álarger tiles of the same material flush-mounted.

A closeup of the mantle details:

Here it is all finished:

And finally with books & decorations I gathered mostly from around the house:

Never underestimate the potential of an old drab fireplace! Or as Mr. Project always says “There is always a fix”

I think we spent about $1400 on this re-do that includes, wood, tile, paint & labor.

*The ever-knowlegable Mr. Project just informed me that in this instance mantle is spelled mantel. So now we all know :p

9 responses to “Project House Mantel* Reveal”

  1. StephanieD. says:

    this is absolutely gorgeous! Your husbands woodworking is amazing and all of your styling, just brings the whole thing together beautifully.

  2. libbywilko says:

    It looks awesome ! Well done to you both for making it a gorgeous reality.

  3. Looks stunning!!! GREAT job!

  4. Steph says:

    I just came over from a link someone posted in the comments of YHL, and I had to comment. This looks absolutely gorgeous!! You guys did an amazing job. I can’t stop scrolling back to look at it!

  5. Mrs. Robidoux says:

    Your site is awesome and I can’t wait for more. I love what you & your Mr. Have created. Where did you get your yellow black & white honeycomb rug…its PERFECT!

  6. Jen Allyson says:

    We got this one from One King’s Lane. I know that Home Decorators has the same thing but in slightly different colors. Love this rug though!

  7. Amazing!! You guys did such a great job! We are working on our own fireplace makeover right now as well. Wondering what you guys used to ‘seal’ the seams of the cement board? I was just planning on using whatever we use to install the tile but don’t want to miss a step. Anyways – also love your styling – we have the same rug!

  8. Maureen says:

    I LOVE the bookcases, do you have the plans that you’d be willing to share? Or the cut list???

  9. J Mandle says:

    Wat is the name of the tile you used? Is it a la stone do you have the name or manufacture?

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