Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Impromptu Mantel Makeover

As I was looking through all the Spring linky parties for inspiration, I realized I couldn't really achieve the look I was going for with a wood stained mantel.  Here's my attempt at our mantel last year.
See what I mean?  It's just not doing it for me.
Everything I gravitate towards has a white mantel and mine was holding me back.  So guess what I did?  Yes!
I painted it white.  I was tired of thinking about it and just did it!  I used an interior alkyd semi-gloss enamel; it will take a good 24 hours to dry, but when it does, I can't wait to play!  I don't have the color of the paint because it is a custom manual match, but for those of you interested, here is the code:
Here's the before:
Here's a close up of the different types of trim they used and let me tell ya, this was REAL fun to paint!  
I used a sponge brush to get into all the crevices and a sponge roller for the top.  Both worked really well to minimize brush strokes.  After about two hours of painting, here she is in all her white glory.
YAY!  I'm so excited!  I'll be back tomorrow to show you my new Spring mantel.
Are there projects in your home that you keep putting off and one day you finally decide, "today is the day, I'm tired of talking about it."  Today was that day for me and I couldn't be happier with the results. 

Linking up to: 
TDC Before and After


The Single Nester said...

Love the mantel. What glossy white paint did you use? I have been trying to find a nice glossy white.

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

Your mantel looks fantastic...much better white! You could also run wood trim down each side of the tile and paint it white to ground the new and improved white mantel. Cant wait to see how you decorate this bright new space!

Angie said...

Yay for you! Doesn't it feel great to get something accomplished you've been wanting to do for a while! I love the new white. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

Carmie - I've updated the post with the paint info... hope this helps!

Kari at A Grace Full Life said...

So far, so good! Can't wait to see it all dolled up!

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