Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fireplace Mantel is Done!

I'm so thrilled - our fireplace mantel and bookcases are complete and they are everything I ever wanted and more!

Please excuse sconces that aren't quite hung properly - I just threw them up there on some old hooks to see how they'd look, and I like them!




And just for a refresher, this is what the space looked like before we moved in:


Quite the difference, right? Complete props go to Carter and his dad for building such a gorgeous part of our home. It looks so fantastic in person, the pictures are not doing it justice. Carter painstakingly primed, sanded and painted the mantel and bookshelves - 4 coats in all, and the results are beautiful.

Of course, now I'm staring at a huge blank canvas, including the large expanse of wall above our built-ins, and my mind is racing with how I will fill the space. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

Progress pics of this project are here and here.

12 comments:

  1. Those are stunning bookcases for your mantel. You can tell from the pictures that they were loving made. I can't wait to see what you do with the wall space. Enjoy!

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  2. Gorgeous! That's impressive work - and you'll have lots of fun decorating :) Can't wait to see it all styled up!

    Alicia

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  3. It looks beautiful! As if it's always been there. Looking forward to seeing it all decorated!

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  4. it look so amazing! so happy for you! :-)

    www.bazaarofserendipity.blogspot.com

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  5. Looks terrific! Adds a lot of depth to your living room. Great sconces too.

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  6. what a great transformation and I see what you mean about the painstaking finish, looks good.

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  7. Oh Congrats -it looks so amazing! I can't wait to see it after it's been all decorated :-)

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  8. Wow, Daniela!! That turned out so beautifully! Can't wait to see what you do with the blank canvas...

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  9. Cant wait to see how you adorn these new shelves - good work AO House team!

    Out of curiosity, why did you not go floor to ceiling with the shelves?

    http://lookoutmountainlookoutsea.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thank you for all the kind comments! I'll be sure to tell Carter and my father-in-law that their work is getting great reviews!

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  11. Matty - we thought floor to ceiling would be a much more difficult DIY to tackle, and the room is quite small, so we didn't want them to be overwhelming. I also wanted wall space to hang art and pictures!

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  12. What a fun blank canvas for art and pictures. Cant wait to see more pics!

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