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    Posted July 7, 2013 by
    Midlothian, Virginia
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    Make it Personal


    A fireplace mantel is typically the focal point in a room. If you have one and it isn't a focal point, it should be.


    This mantel featured here on "Make it Personal' was originally a pinkish-red brick surround with no molding on the wall above the shelf. To make this 'center of attention' speak our own personal style we covered the brick in old ceiling tin tiles purchased on Ebay for $7 each. They were glued directly to the brick. We cut wall board and simple molding down to size to cover the remaining brick.Then painted the whole thing white.


    Later - the board and batten trim was added above the already white mantel. The floor to ceiling fireplace now looks customized and bright.


    To cover the "black hole" in the off season for lighting fires, a vintage window is used as a fire screen.


    The decor can be very simple and the 'all white' is a perfect back drop for seasonal decor or even this up-cycled art made from an old garden barrel with a favorite saying stenciled with "Let It Be'.

    I like to see symmetry on the mantel so flanking the center art with lanterns and\or topiaries and maybe one item to off set the display make it personal - and beautiful.

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