The living room mantel is the focal point of our main living area. You see it as soon as you come in the front door – here it is decked out for spring back in March:

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The problem is, the “wall” above the mantel was just a sheet of foam over the brick, which goes from floor to ceiling. We discovered this when we tried to hang a picture and made a huge hole instead.

We decided to tear down the foam and put up some sheetrock instead – at the same time, I really hated the current mantel, so my husband graciously built me a new one 😀

Below is the 2×4 that is nailed to the brick wall – the mantel is attached to this and it serves as support.

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Checking to make sure the fit is perfect.

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Applying wood putty to the rough edges and nail holes:

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Our oldest was a very big help!

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Painting the sheetrock to match the rest of the walls – we chose to paint the new mantel and frame in a dark chocolate brown:

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The rich brown is a very close match to our TV console, coordinates with the large IKEA picture above, and is a good addition to our warm-toned living room.

Here is our new mantel area dressed up with some vintage Paris pictures and pretty flowers:

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I LOVE this area, it looks brighter, cleaner and so much nicer – hope you enjoyed our little project!

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