Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Mantel Reveal…aka: Part 3 of While the Cat’s Away

Ok, folks, I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat since my last post…just dying to find out if I finished the fireplace mantel I decided to build. 

In case you missed my last post {see it here} I was just telling everyone how my husband was out of town and that I wanted to do a few little high impact projects to surprise him with when he comes home.  I installed drapery rods/panels on day one.

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On tap for day two was painting the flagstone fireplace…

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…which turned into: painting the fireplace AND building a mantel!

So that brings us to today’s post: building the mantel.

After spending all morning painting, at 2pm I decided that a mantel would be a nice finishing touch.  {With all the mantel linky parties going on, what’s a mantel-less girl to do?}

So I enlisted the help of my aunt {to play with my kids and give me a woman’s opinion} and my uncle {to help me secure the skill saw and drill holes in mortar} who are always getting roped into helping me so generous with their time.

A quick trip to Home Depot {which ended up being the first of two trips this afternoon} and before you knew it, I was sawing and sanding away. 

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I am using a leftover board of 100+ year old reclaimed barn oak from when I built my kitchen island {with the same uncle} back in January. I love how it ties the kitchen in with the living room {which are both part of the same “great room”}

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On one of my trips to Home Depot, I picked up a pair of iron brackets to hold the mantel:

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They aren’t the most decorative of brackets in the world {the Depot didn’t have too many options} so I can see them being replaced by a splurge on something from, oh maybe, um, Anthropologie? Just a thought. Like howz about these…

 

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oooooo, wouldn’t that be fun?  Wanna know what I love about them? 

~the painted and distressed white iron

~the painted and distressed teal iron

~the whimsical, but not too over-the-top scroll

~did I mention the colors? they match my home perfectly! Love it!

 

A-hem. Ok, anyways…moving right along.  Oh and by the way, I did paint the hex nuts black on the Home Depot bracket…not to worry! {See ugly silver nuts on pic above Anthro pic}

So while I sanded and sanded and sanded…and then did a bit more sanding…my uncle drilled the 4 holes in the flagstone mortar for the bracket. And one sore back later, I proudly announced the board was finished and ready for installation.  Up we propped it onto the brackets, added a couple of screws to secure the wood to the bracket and voila, finished!

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And it’s not even 5pm yet!  I said my thank yous and bid farewell to my aunt and uncle {purposely not reminding him of the dining table I’d love to build out of the same wood} and then started to play!

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Grabbed this picture from the hallway…a little too BIG, ya think!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So then I found this mirror hiding under my bed. Now we’re getting closer…though it would look great in distressed turquoise! But for now we’ll go with it…it’s free and I can’t go buy paint at this point ‘cause my kids are all in bed.

 

Remember how my son’s room used to be surf-themed and now it’s evolving into a Star Wars {cringe, ok now smile} theme? So I stole a few things from his room…namely the “Beach this way” sign…and his personal shell collection…& the next morning I picked up a few things from Cost Plus and Michael’s and here we are the next afternoon:

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And finally, I couldn’t resist these “beachy” rattan ball lights…I’ve been so mantel deprived that I just wanted to go all out!

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Eeeeeee, I’m so excited for my husband to come home from his trip!  Do you think he’ll be surprised?

When he left it looked like this:

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And he’s coming home to this:

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I’d say a back massage is most definitely in order, wouldn’t you?

Bring on the mantel linky parties!! This girl is ready!

12 comments:

  1. mavis E. ButterfieldMay 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Get Thee to Urban Ore in Berkeley where you'll find all sorts of brackets in the "distressed" fashion you relish. Good luck with that back rub dude, I hope DH is working on his thumb exercises to get ready. . .
    PS: what, praytell, are you doing up at 4:48 AM young lady??

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  2. You can probably fit a lot of Star Wars figures on that mantel (but the shells and lights look a whole lot better). May the Fourth be with you!

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  3. What a great transformation - you are very talented.

    Cousin Monica from Long Beach

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  4. Love it Celeste!!!
    You have been one busy girl and wait til hubby sees!
    Beautiful job!!!

    Deborah xo

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  5. mavis E. ButterfieldMay 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Fourth???? is there something you aren't telling me??

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  6. How did you attach the brackets to the bricks?

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  7. That is awesome!! You did a great job!!

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  8. Beautiful, Celeste! I love everything. Painted brick, gorgeous mantel and your pretty beachy decorating! Great job!

    Roeshel

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  9. Hi, found you on TT&J. Your fireplace looks amazing! Great job! Almost everything should be painted white - I even think new houses should be all white! :) We'd have a lot less work to do! Keep up the great work - I'll be checking back - you have a cute blog! Have a good week!

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  10. This is gorgeous! You have done a fantastic job. I really like the white {and I loved the flag print} The beach theme is perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  11. I think you husband will be surprised but love it. It looks gorgeous.

    Ruth

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