Before + After: Our Living Room Fireplace Mantel #thisoldtudor

before after mantel
West Elm bistro table, Interior Define couch -‘Caitlin’ in midnight (15% off until 9/20!), Wisteria coffee table, Anthropologie mirror, Artfully Walls art, Target vase, Target lamp, Loloi rug

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!

See our powder room renovation here!

Before: the mantel
During: the mantel
After: the mantel
Mantel inspiration that I sent our contractor!



  1. Can you pls share the link for your rug? I’m not finding it when I click on the link. Thank you, your living room is beautiful!!

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