Fireplace Mantel Makeover

I have a before and after fireplace mantel makeover transformation to show you. One that I am super excited to share with you.

Do you remember the post where I asked you what I should do with the top molding on a hutch top that I was discarding? You are all so creative and gave me so many great ideas.  After lots of thought about what I should do…  this is what I did with it…..

I created a floating mantel and placed it on a newly transformed fireplace wall that used to be brick and is now stacked stone. Both the mantel and the stone have completely changed the room. No more brick wall.

Here is what the what the fireplace looked like BEFORE:

An all brick wall and hearth with an opening for wood storage over on the left.


I completed the makeover about 3 weeks ago for a contest over on Angie’s List and had to keep it quiet until today.

Let me tell you, it was hard having to wait. I wanted to share it with you right away! I did give you a little peek in my post on Friday. A few of you noticed and commented about it. 🙂

It is one of the biggest projects I have taken on in a long time. It took me five dawn-to-dusk days to get it completed. It was one of those projects that is all-consuming. I lost 4 pounds that week since it was a very physical job 🙂

I wasn’t going to tackle the project until the fall, but Angie’s List contacted me and asked me if I had a fireplace mantel that needed updating and if I did, would I like to make it over so I could enter a contest where I could win $1000. That was all the incentive I needed to get moving and get the project done.

I will be sharing more photos of the entire space and what we did since we tore out the wall to make a more open concept kitchen and living room area.

If you would like to see all the details and full tutorial on how I made the fireplace and mantel over, click on over to Angie’s List: Old Hutch Becomes French Country Fireplace Mantel

There are 8 other bloggers who took the fireplace mantel makeover challenge along with me.

If you would like to vote, you can do so here:  Fireplace Mantel Makeover Contest   All you need to do is click on the image with my fireplace mantel before and after photo.

The contest runs until May 20th.  You can vote once a day.

Thank you so much for not only reading, but if you have the time to vote… an extra thank you.


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