Friday, January 22, 2010

The Fireplace Mantel, Finished At Last!

This post was published in 2010 but I am linking it to:
Jennifer Rizzo
At long last the fireplace and mantel are finished! Just as a reminder this first picture was taking the day we bought the house. Though I had always wanted built ins around a fireplace, I didn't like these. They were actually laminate kitchen cabinets and were not in the best of shape. I also knew that we didn't want a TV above the fireplace. I wanted the fireplace to be the focal point of the room. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge them for better detail.)

BEFORE


The first picture below is my inspiration photo. It is from Country French magazine. I loved the mirror, the tiles, the mantel and corbels. So I asked Mr Comforts of Home if he could build it for me. He knew he could make the mantel, but we hired a contractor to build the faux chimney chase first. You can see pictures of that here.

INSPIRATION


The rest of the pictures are of the AFTER. I love how it turned out! The first picture I am standing in the eat in area of the kitchen. We are looking for a tall secretary for the right side of the fireplace - or two MATCHING book cases to go on either side. We even thought about using to large vintage doors to lean against the wall like the inspiration picture...I let you know what we eventually do.













A close up of the paint and glaze technique I used.



I thought I would show a few more pictures of the great room from different angles.





I would love to slip cover the couch in some sort of red pattern....someday.

We still need to add curtains to the windows and some area rugs, but that and all of the other decorating and nesting will happen in time.
I really love the way the fireplace turned out.
Welcome Home,
Penny

42 comments:

Debbie V. said...

You and your husband both did a beautiful job on your mantel - I love all of the details and the glazing technique. Can't wait to see all of the finishing touches when you're done.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It's gorgeous, Penny! I love how the mantel is wrapped around the sides. You did a fabulous job.

Sandi (Meme) said...

Love it, love it, love it! Looks great, but be sure and let us see the updates! Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

Just gorgeous!! I love your style. Did you save what you took down from the fireplace... the mantel and cabinets. If so, where did you put them?
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Susie Q said...

Oh Penny! How truly beautiful! And wow! Your great room is huge! I could fit my entire ground level in it!! : )
I love the treatment you did...just perfect!
Love,
Sue

susan said...

Penny-You've got ME wanting to move! This turned out fabulously. The mantel paint and glaze is so pretty. Love it all--great job!

Stacey said...

Stunning! I absolutely love those corbels. Your hubby did a great job stacking all the molding together on the mantel. It's gorgeous.

~Country Lady~ said...

Love the look Penny! It turned out beautifully!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your fireplace turned out just gorgeous. I love the tile and the antique finish on the mantel and surround. You did a wonderful job and your whole house is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Meggie said...

Wow, and double wow, Penny! Absolutley gor ge ous!!

ceekay said...

It is just beautiful Penny. I absolutely love your gorgeous coffee table.

Jen R. said...

Penny, it looks great! So warm and inviting!

Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
The mantle turned is beautiful. I'm sure you must be happy with how great it looks. The whole house is looking so good!
Hope you have a good weekend.
Hugs, Rhondi

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Splendid job! Lovely home, Penny!

Blessings,
Sandi

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful! Oh, yeah ... a couch of red material!! Great!!
Thanks for sharing with us, Penny!
Pink Hugs!
Dee

DEBBIE B. said...

WOW is right Penny!!! Simply stunning!! I would sit & look at it all day..Your home is gorgeous hon!!!! (come over to mine now) lol
Hugs..
Deb:)

Lynda said...

Fantastic, Penny!! You have every reason to be pleased!

Vee said...

You and your husband make a great team...so beautifully done! I'm glad that you wanted the fireplace to be the focal point and not the television. Everything is really looking good and coming together so well...it'll be no time before you have it just the way you want it.

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, I just love how your house is coming along! So BEAUTIFUL! The fireplace transformation is amazing and I wouldn't have had the tv there either.. it is just perfect the way you did it. Perhaps a couple of throw rugs will do until you get the lounge covered? take care, Maryann

Bella said...

Beautiful! A big improvement. It looks like your house is really coming together.

Treasia Stepp said...

What a stunningly beautiful transformation it is! Wonderful job by the two of you. Just gorgeous.

mishebe said...

looks fab. But i will be honest the stripe lamps stole my eyes.. lol. mishelle

BailiwickStudio said...

It all looks fabulous! You and Mr Comforts of Home do great work! ::Jill

rozetta said...

Your home looks very warm and inviting!

I want to paint and glaze my kitchen cabinets. Can I ask you what brand/color paint and glaze you used?

~elaine~

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Elaine...you need to email me so I can give you the answer. Or look to this post and you can see what I used:
http://thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/2010/01/getting-closer.html

Penny

Mary said...

Absolutely gorgeous Penny & K - you are one awesome rehab team!

Mimi Sue said...

It's so gorgeous. So much better than the before pic. Mimi

Pondside said...

It turned out so well - and I like it better than the inspiration photo. You've hit the right notes of old-world and comfort. Just gorgeous.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

The mantle and fireplace turned out beautiful. I have so enjoyed your blog.

Carey said...

Your house is beautiful! I love the way the fireplace came out.

Adrienne said...

Oh, that was worth waiting for! Perfect!! Your home looks so inviting and so beautiful. You've done a lot of hard work and you've been a big inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing all of your hard work, your ideas and your creativity with us. ~Adrienne~

dobco said...

The fireplace is gorgeous. I know you must be very pleased with the end result.

Kathleen Grace said...

Removing the cabinetry really allows the fireplace to take center stage. It looks just wonderful Penny. You and your husband did such a beautiful job on the mantel. Fantastic!

Pamela said...

What a beautiful job Penny! You have given me courage to tackle our fireplace surround!

Catherine Holman said...

What a huge improvement Penny! It's all coming together so beautifully. I too refuse to have a t.v. above my fireplace. I always look forward to seeing your lovely home and what you've been doing.

Dianne @PoofHappyHome said...

Everything looks so pretty Penny. Love your fireplace and I'm sure you will love all the extra space in your studio.
Have Fun..!!!
Dianne

The Rose Room said...

Stunning! Rachaelxo

Mimi said...

Beautiful!

Beverly said...

Your home should be in magazines...amazing as it is

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Penny...

Ohhh...your French Country fireplace and mantel is absolutely fabulous, my friend! You and your husband did a magnificent job building it!!! And...I just love your home...it's gorgeous! What a treat to get a "look around"!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Inspire Me Heather said...

Wow, just gorgeous! Your fireplace really suits your decor now - you've done a lovely job!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Penny, thanks for linking! As always, I love your style!