Our previous house was a historic 1929 bungalow. This has to be field cut and fitted to the return trim on the wall. Black adds drama to any space, and your windows are no different—black casements create contrast in a space and will accompany an array of colors beautifully. Originally a painted brick fireplace with original cabinets on the side.
So since I have several rooms with wood on the ceiling and walls, let’s panel the front wall with a little board and batten. I removed the cabinets to make it easier to work on the windows and stained glass was made by my friend Jules Mominee at Mominee Studios The design is a popular arts & crafts motif that I modified to fit my windows.
Now you can’t use regular outlets like the ones in the wall – they have to have a shutter that closes off the holes – this is to keep you from being electrocuted when you spill a beer while dancing on the mantle. You can repaint your living room the same color which will refresh the color and get rid of any scuff marks and dings.
The white washed walls are finished. The three back-band pieces are glued and nailed together, I then joined the front mantle to the side pieces with a biscuit and glue. This time we were smarter about it and focused on getting the colors balanced and getting the pieces to generally fit together.
The stacked stone is by Eldorado Stone in the Chapel Hill finish, the fireplace is a Montigo L42 with a stainless steel frame, the customized mantel was built by JReal and a 55″ frame less ultra-thin Samsung TV was hung above the mantel. A few coats of wipe-on polyurethane and we have the shelves ready to go in. Now we just have to finish the walls.