Back in January, we found an old 1940s full fireplace mantle for $100 on Craigslist that was rescued from a house being demolished. It is ginormous and gorgeous! We did find the time to strip the old paint off of it here, but that is really all of the work we’ve done to it so far. It’s currently sitting in the corner of our garage probably thinking Have they forgotten about me? (Because you know…inanimate objects totally have thoughts and feelings.)
The Game Plan
So we need to get a game plan going. We definitely want some sort of stone feature, and I will probably be posting about several different stone types at some point asking for y’all’s help with deciding which looks the best.
This project by Pepper Design Blog got my wheels turning about making a faux log front into a door and building shelving into the firebox for some extra media storage too. If you’ve got the space, use it!
In my search for cozy rustic cottage full-mantled stone fireplaces, these have been the winners.
Now I’m stuck on two decisions:
To finish the mantle with a dark finish or white paint?
To build stone all the way up to the ceiling or have only a stone surround?
(I’m calling in reinforcements with you guys on this one.)
This tutorial on Country Living’s website is phenomenal, and designer Kelsey Savage Hays gives a full list of the supplies used to give the mantle a warm, distressed finish with layered paint. I had been envisioning a white mantle before seeing this. Now, I’m very tempted to make it the cozy wood look.
Help me decide: White or dark mantle? Stone surround only or full stone wall? Chime in, peoples!