I have owned a vintage fireplace mantel for over a decade. I bought it at an outdoor flea market during the year we lived in Atlanta. Getting it home on the top of my SUV while driving the Perimeter Highway in Atlanta was a harrowing experience to say the least! It's a miracle it made it home without flying off and causing a 50 car pile up!
|U G L Y. Oh the things you do for your kids!|
This past summer, I completed a huge transformation on our master bedroom and I decided to bring this mantel back to it's good ole shabby, vintage condition. The walls are white bead board and yellow paint, so I wanted to give the mantel a slight contrast to the white and add an accent of yellow that would help it make sense in the room.
I first clean and lightly sanded the surfaces, taking care not to sand too hard because I didn't want that rough, chippy surface to be sanded away. I started by painting the turn leg portions of the mantel with a mustard yellow. I used Americana Craft Paint in Mustard Seed. Yep, that's right...a craft paint. I liked the shade and knew that two coats of this as an accent would be perfect. Here is what it looked like at this point. Don't get too worried, this is all going to work out!! (Sunglasses required)
|Love how that yellow peeks through showing off the little details in the surface!|
I haven't gotten a chance to get this monster set up into my Master Bedroom. I really wanted to show it to you finished. When I get it in place, I promise to come back and show you what it looks like against the white bead board and painted yellow wall!
Here's a little before and after...
What an improvement! This mantel is finally made it's way back to yummy-ness!! Hope you like it! I haven't showed it to my daughter yet. Wonder what her reaction will be? Who cares...it's mine now! (wink)