After much deliberation and wine, Bob and I have decided that we can build our own fireplace mantle. We are both handy (sorta) and I know exactly what I want; so it should be a breeze -right?
The trim and mouldings in Echo Hall are quite substantial and lovely so we need to consider this when designing this project. I have been scouring the internet for tutorials and instructions for building our own mantle and I have found a bunch of great sites that make it look pretty easy. I have to admit though, I am a bit nervous about taking this project on. We’ve never tackled a job like this before. We’ve tiled, plastered, painted and landscaped but have never done a project that requires finish carpentry skills. The great thing is, you can learn how to do anything on the internet!
If it were up to Bob we would probably fashion something out of duct tape and hockey sticks, paint it white and call it a day but I have bigger plans. That being said, I decided a dry run would be a good plan to make sure I worked out any kinks with my equipment and techniques. This new mantle can not look like we built it ourselves!
We have a little powder room on the main floor off the family room that is more like a dark little closet with absolutely no personality other than a really cool vintage pedestal sink. I decided that this room needed some architectural detail to kick it up a notch.
The trim was pretty inexpensive. I decided to paint the wall below the trim and wasn’t sure what I would do with the upper part of the wall. Midweek I stumbled across an old feature on Designsponge about wallpaper. I haven’t wallpapered anything since we lived in our first house 20 years ago. The new wallpapers are easy to work with, easily removable and durable. I found an inexpensive version of much pricier damask I was eyeing with metallic tones that I loved.
They say your powder room should be like opening a little jewel box so I took that idea and let it guide how the room came together. All in, it took exactly a week in between work and life and I love how it looks. The powder room is the one room in the house that every guest will visit, so I am glad I took a little detour away from obsessing about the fireplace. I trimmed, caulked, painted and papered and it looks awesome.
Over the next couple of days I will revisit my mantle plans and gather up my materials. I’ve got my tutorials bookmarked I am confident that this mantle will be gorgeous and won’t look like it was made out of duct tape and hockey sticks!! It will definately be painted white.