Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. But the demo demon was just too strong and out comes the chopped off ceiling and side walls. The next step was removing the mantle which we thought was one solid piece of wood that did not sound or feel like wood when we touched it (so I don’t know why we assumed it was wood…).
Luckily there are small changes (like switching out light bulbs) and big changes (like installing a new fireplace mantel ) that can give your living room a new look and won’t turn into a major DIY project, or turn your home into a construction site. The original house had small, compartmentalized rooms and we wanted to open up these spaces and take advantage of a more open floor plan and the spectacular view.
Many people purchase an unfinished fireplace mantel so they can paint or stain it to match the décor of their home rather than having the factory paint or stain it one of their standard colors. Once we had the fireplace completely resurfaced, it was time to add trim and molding pieces to design the fireplace the way we wanted it to look.
They cut the three pieces so the grain and pattern of the stone matched. The only thing that you really need to be concerned about with a contemporary fireplace design is whether it is going to fit into the room for the long term. We got a few paint samples to test out, and ended up choosing a light buttery yellow color called Tea Light Â to paint the walls.
Also, the designs of outdoor fireplaces have certain distinct characteristics, such as an open and outdoorsy feel. Carol Agee is the vice president of Agee Woodworks which has been handcrafting wood fireplace mantels of impeccable style and quality for almost 10 years.