I've never been a huge fan of our fireplace mantel. Something has always been off, but I could never quite put my finger on it. The other day, I was looking at it and it donned on me...I'm drawn to things that are more casual and natural, but our mantel piece is super formal.
In order for my mantel to be de-formalized (is that a word?), I had to change the finish and remove the scrolly thing.
kitchen cabinet redo. When the paint dried, I lightly brushed some walnut stain onto the mantel. Next, I took a t-shirt rag and rubbed the tiles with the stain. Then, I used the t-shirt rag and rubbed the mantel to blend the brush strokes.
One day, I'd love to have a stone fireplace with wooden mantel piece like this...
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