I originally didn’t intend to change the mantel in the living room of #thisoldtudor. I liked the contrast of the dark wood against the whitewall. But the more we lived with it, the more I realized it was just too small for the room. The mantel is a focal point of any room ad our living room is quite large (24′ x 16.5′) and I realized it wasn’t doing its job bringing the room together. I talked with my Havenly designer about it (she helped design this room) and she agreed that building a grander mantel would really complete the room. I couldn’t agree more and the mantel finally feels like it belongs in the room.
What we did:
I worked with our contractor to find a carpenter to build what we wanted. It was awesome – the carpenter set up shop on our patio and built the mantel and installed right on the spot…and it took about a day. Then, a painter came in and painted the mantel Benjamin Moore ‘white dove’ to match our molding and baseboards. I left the marble surround because it would’ve been a lot more expensive to replace and I like the beige now that the fireplace is white!