I love our house. I love the character. I love that it isn't a cookie cutter home. I love having more space. I feel very thankful. But there are a few things that I've wanted to update and I've had a lot of fun doing so!
Here's my latest. The fireplace mantel. This is in our main family room. Where we spend a good chunk of our time. The mantel was a oak wood, which didn't match ANYTHING in our home. I'm sure it did back in the day before the previous owners updated the home. So I was excited to bring the mantel into the new age.
It was easy too! I used a liquid sand paper for the first round. And then I sanded with our new little mouse sander (one of the best purchases we've ever made!). Then I primed the wood with a plain white primer. Then then did two coats of paint--the same color as the trim. It is a satin sheen. So we'll see how that works through the winter. I didn't use a heat resistant or high gloss sheen.
Then I took off a decorative part on the top of the glass. And painted over the brass pieces with a black heat resistant spray paint.
Voila! The best part is, I only spent about $15!! I already had the primer and paint. So I only paid for the liquid sandpaper, painters tape, and a can of black heat resistant spray paint.
Some day I'd like to replace the tiles or over try to tile over them! Eek. We'll see.
What do you think?