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31 Days of Before & After ~ Day 5 “the Mantle”

My fireplace and I are at odds…maybe even an all out war. I expect to win, however before I can claim victory there will always be some set backs. A few months back I got a wild hair one morning and removed the hearth, that post can be found here. It was an all out demolition with nothing more than a rubber mallet and a railroad spike. Yes, a railroad spike. My arms hurt for days from swinging that mallet, but it was worth it.

There are some family members who will never understand what led me to tear out a brick hearth. What they don’t understand is that nothing I do is on a whim. The removal of that hearth was well thought out and planned for years, in my head that is. That’s when I know something is right, when I obsess about it for years and dream about how I will carry out my mission.
That said, my next thorn in my side “was” the mantle, many a night I’ve dreamed of how I would remove it and replace it with something different.
That day has not come yet, so I did the next best thing…but first the before shots. I’ll warn you now, the photo stinks. Still trying to improve the indoor shots.

Practice and patience.

First I cleaned the mantle off and then painted it…

I used the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Base coat with the Paris Gray and then a dry brush of the Old White, distressed it and then finished up with an application of the Annie Sloan Dark Wax.

Now it blends with the brick more and doesn’t stick out like an ugly brown blemish on brick.

Now it was time to load it back up…and why not decorate for fall?

I can live with this mantle a little while longer…perhaps through Christmas 🙂

By clicking the photo above you can check out the other participants of the 31 days of change!

Day 1 Before & After here

Day 2 Before & After here

Day 3 Before & After here

Day 4 Before & After here

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  • Erin ,

    Hey rustique! what did you think about the ASCP? Was it worth all the hubbub (and money)??? I’m itching to use it on a dresser I want to distress, but I’m not sure if it’d be worth the trouble, or if I should just use some regular old valspar.

    • Erin,
      I loved it and yes I thought it was worth the money and the miles I drove to get it. One thing though, when you buy the wax, I would go with the clear unless you like the darker antiqued look. But if you go to the Annie Sloan site and find a stockist in your area, they will have pieces done in both waxes and you will see the difference in the finished look. When you apply the clear wax it will enhance the exposed wood and darken it a bit, but the dark wax really darkens (muddy) the paint color. For me, I liked it…but I have gone back to the stockist to get the clear too. Also, where I buy mine, if you buy more than one can of paint you will get a discount. The paint goes a long way and covers wonderfully. It’s easy to use and fun to try different colors together. I plan on building a my stash of colors over time. The Paris Gray is wonderful! But I have my eye on a few others too.

      And of course if you want really great advice on how to use this paint, Miss Mustard Seed is my favorite source of information.

  • Anita ,

    It’s beautiful! I think I remember your demolition too! =) I guess they can be thankful that you make everything look so amazing!

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