A long long time ago, (a year to be exact) I started revamping the fireplace pictured below in my sewing room.....
Then I procrastinated for almost a year. I just didn't want to face scraping all that wallpaper off, ugh.
Then this week I had a spurt of energy and added bead board to the top and bottom since it's no longer a working fireplace. Yay, no scraping! If you have an older home with lots of wallpaper just add bead board and don't even bother with scraping it off. The time and frustration you will save is worth the price of the bead board which is only around $19 for a 4'x8' sheet. On top of that it really adds to the farmhouse or cottage feel if that's what you're going for.
Also if your ceilings are wallpapered, that is the absolute worse!!! Just buy a few sheets of $14 plywood and have Home Depot cut it lengthwise in 6" pieces. Get a nail gun and nail those suckers up to the ceiling and no one will be the wiser that there are layers of ugly wallpaper underneath. It gives the look of planked ceilings and you'll love them, I promise! Oh one more thing, use a spacer in between planks, like a nickel.
The hole is for a light fixture.
Here's my kitchen ceiling.
Here's my hallway....
So back to the mantel.....
I painted the mantel part with Annie Sloan in Coco to break up all the white.
I added a few simple accessories and called it done!
I made the wreath out of coffee filters, you may have seen it in previous pics. The rusted wire basket and sweet lamb pic are from a local antique store. I saw one here on Amazon that I would love to add to the mix.
Still working on my master bedroom but I just needed a break with the sewing, hopefully it will be finished soon!
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