March Madness for Mantles

Hi friends!  I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend.  We had some fantastic spring weather here and it was just what the ‘ole doctor ordered.
I had Friday off and spent part of the day thrift shopping, but struck out at my two favorite Goodwill stores. 
I think I was reluctant to buy any more “projects” because I kinda have a back log at home, if ya know what I mean.

I crossed one of those back logged projects off my list this weekend, by performing a little paint magic on my boring builder mantle.

Here’s a before shot for you.  As much as I like white trim, this mantle just wasn’t making my heart sing.

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First, I tried painting it with French Linen from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I figured since everyone loves this color, then I’d love it too, right?

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Uhh, wrong.  I do like the color, kind of a muddy gray, but it was all wrong in my family room. 
It made my walls look pink, people.
So I reversed course and painted the mantle the same color as my walls.  Flax, from Valspar. (please ignore the dusty red box, k?)

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I know, this is even more boring than white.  Just give me a minute.
My next step was to dry brush a light layer of ASCP in Old White over the Flax.

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As you can see in this shot, next I “wallpapered” the flat surface with some paintable wallpaper that I picked up at the Goodwill for $2 ages ago.
I painted the wallpaper Old White, then dry brushed on the Flax.  The opposite effect of the rest of the mantle.

Are you still with me?

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And…voila!    What do you think? 

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I am really liking the texture, detail,  and cottagey character I see now.
And yes, my heart is singing.
Off key, as usual.

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More pics, cuz it’s just so pretty.

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What did you do this weekend?

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4 thoughts on “March Madness for Mantles

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  2. Good job! Sometimes a project just needs a bit of tweaking to make it come out right. I love the detail of the paintable wallpaper, a roll of which I just scored at a yard sale! I might just try this color scheme in my master bath. That said, I truly wish I had a fireplace like yours to work with. Love your mantel styling, too.

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