The Kim Six Fix: Customizing A Builder Grade Fireplace

Customizing A Builder Grade Fireplace

 I have to share this great mantle upgrade a friend of mine recently completed.  I just LOVE how it came out.  Kit recently bought a new house and has been plugging away on a ton of great house projects (a girl after my own heart) but this so far has been my favorite!

The previous owners must have hung their TV over the mantle, and so she was left with a nice hole in the drywall and a whole lot of open space.

In a similar way to how I customized my fireplace and built ins, she added some simple molding trim to make the entire fireplace a focal point:

Because the trim didn't match exactly she was able to unify the old with the new by adding the small detail of matching decorative trims.  Once everything was painted you would never guess the entire mantle hadn't been that way all along.

I am super impressed with how it came out.  The details in it are amazing and I think it looks great.   No more boring builder grade, that is for sure!


I am jealous of how beautiful it is.. image this mantle at Christmas!  Nice job Kit! 

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