Fireplace / Mantel Makeover

TGIF everyone!
DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss

Despite recently showing our living room progress just a few short days ago – I’ve already made a big change! Typical me.
However, this has been something that has been on my mind for a couple of months now… the second it entered my mind I couldn’t stop picturing it!
I wanted to add onto our mantel.
Now don’t get me wrong! We’ve put a lot of work into our existing mantel and it’s a beautiful focal point to the room… but something didn’t seem quite right to me about it. The scale seemed ‘off’. The mantel is quite large, but the size of the wall made it appear much smaller in photographs, and it wasn’t showing how truly great it is!
After getting the idea in my head, I did what any girl would do… I explored on Pinterest. Here are a couple of fireplaces that stood out to me the most, and convinced me that this would be a GREAT idea:


Aren’t those beautiful? However my particular fireplace is somewhat ‘fancy’ and I knew the horizontal planks wouldn’t look quite right, so I created the addition to suit the character of my fireplace.
Here is a reminder of what my fireplace looked like before:
DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss
To complete our project we needed:

Painting Tray
Paint roller, and a brush!
Painters tape
Wood filler
Palm sander
Wood (size of your choice)
Crown moulding

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss
The first step was measuring the height, and width of the space above the fireplace. This included both the left and right sides vertically due to the fact we live in a century home. Nothing is equal in a century home.
We then cut our wood to size, and screwed it into studs on the wall above the mantel:
(What a handy man! That’s Jeff!)
DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss
Next we cut the crown moulding with the bottom half being the measurement of the width we measured before. We then nailed the bottom into the wood, and the top into the ceiling.
DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss
We then filled cracks and screw holes with wood filler. We then left it overnight to dry.
The next step was to smooth down the wood filler with a palm sander. You may do this by hand if you like, but I found it much quicker with a palm sander!
DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss
Then we simply painted! It took two coats. A few natural cracks and knots showed through, in which case you could fill in more – but I like that sort of look. 🙂
Now here’s the fireplace after her (yes, it’s definitely a ‘her’) makeover!

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss
The scale is MUCH better, don’t you think?

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss

DIY Fireplace / Mantel Makeover!  Nest of Bliss

I couldn’t be happier with this little makeover! What an impact it makes – I absolutely love it!
Be sure to ‘Pin’ to come back later!

Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. I love your mantel! I’d like to invite you to share it at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party at Have a great weekend!

  2. Absolutely love this…

  3. Much improvement!

  4. love the fireplace mantel.

  5. Love what you did to your fireplace – it makes such a big difference to your space!

  6. Love the makeover!

  7. Thank you! 🙂

  8. it looks beautiful. i have pinned this for future inspiration.
    Fiona x

  9. Beautiful! What a big impact a smaller change can make!

    • Thank you Krysta, I completely agree.. it’s made such a massive difference to the space and really took it to the ‘next level’. I’m heading over to check out your blog now!

  10. Brandi, this is absolutely stunning! I am totally pinning this for the hope that one day I’ll have a fireplace! You’re one of my top 3 favorites at Home{work} Wednesday. Congrats!

    • Thank you so so much!
      Before we moved in it was actually a HUGE very dated built-in entertainment unit. I am a sucker for fireplaces so we had to add a mantel! 🙂

  11. Hi there! This is so beautiful! I actually was so inspired by this that my husband and I used it as a jumping off point for a renovation in our own home! Thank you so much for the inspiration!! If you want to see the final piece you inspired- it’s on my blog. 🙂

  12. Love the Mantel!! Would you share the dimensions?


    • Hi Pamela,

      Unfortunately, I am no longer living at the farmhouse so I don’t have dimensions available. It is a very large mantel and appears much smaller in photographs!
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  13. great idea i notice tv on wall to right of photo. what i would take is remove what you did above fireplace and expand vertical sides to far end of fireplace measure out widths to make longer and two more vertical boards inside of shape you just created and come down about 4 feet from top of header and add another horizontial board paint all white and then plant tv above fireplace

  14. Hi, I love the wall color, can you tell me what paint color this is ? Is it the same color in your dining room?

  15. What is your wall color?

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