Okay, so some may call it a jinx if you call out an unfinished DIY project, but I found it to work some real karma! Just days after I posted about my shameful stalled fireplace surround project, I came home from a weekend trip to Minnesota to find, propped against my front door, a new mantel!
Notice the lack of "feet" on the bottom. That was a hack to get the old one to fit. And, in terms of fit, look at this glorious side view!
It's not what you'd call "perfectly flush" but it's close enough that a little finish trim will do the job. The top now has squared edges too, so the finish trim will fit with mitred corners. Want one more to share my joy?
You may also be saying "Where did that tile come from? What happened to the sexy orange brick?" Well, a little while ago I had to refinish the kitchen floor to solve a few other, ahem, problems, and while I was at it, I re-tiled the back entry area, and while I was at that, I had them do the surround. Lovely, right? I feel like I am very near this:
And just a hop, skip and a jump to this:
Ahhhhh, I feel so peaceful just looking at it. Anyway, a little wood filler, some trim and some paint and we are off to the races! I Also plan on using this product when painting, I'll let you know how it goes.
(If you want to see the original fireplace post, go here.)
photos: HHR and Pottery Barn