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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9 comments:

  1. Impressive transformation, almost makes the fireplace look nobel. Is she planning hanging art work or a mirror over the fireplace or will it stay? or will she lean something on the mantel? Trying to figure what I should do with my corner mantel (basically 2 mantels)....to hang or lean...that is the question....

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  2. It looks gorgeous! I love when something can make such a fantastic transformation. Megan {Our Pinteresting Family}

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  3. Beautiful! The possibilities are endless now, whatever she puts up there will look fabulous!

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  4. So beautiful! I can already see it draped with garland, the top, sides and the mantle, at Christmas. Then the stockings hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there... :)

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  5. Daniela@Frugal Ain't CheapSeptember 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    that is absolutely beautiful! What a difference it makes.

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  6. That is beautfiul! I have a flat tile surround around mine with no mantel and it is bor-ing. May have to make my fantel a real mantel :)
    Hugs, Tanya

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  7. Love it! Looks very classy! Thanks for adding the picture of the decorated mantel


    I have a wood stove with mantel.....open for deco suggestions


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  8. Wow - what a beautiful transformation - looks like it something out of an authentic tudor style home!
    Just love it!
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