I originally wanted a traditional style mantel with book cases on either side. But, the design I finally decided on was something we could build ourselves. Here's how it turned out.
Here's the before, taken last year...
Taking off the big hunk of wood actually lowered the mantel about four inches...not a lot...but now, I can put things on top without having to drag out the step stool.
Here's a close up of the trim that we used.
Hubby built the mantel, and I supervised. Our carpentry and design skills are basic, at best, but we had fun.
I'm happy with how it gives a new and brighter look to the dark brick wall.
Now, if I could only figure out how to make a surround, without running the risk of knocking down the whole brick wall...hmmm.
Speaking of bright...here's a pic I took this morning of the Natchez crepe myrtle in our front yard.
This is the prettiest its ever been...but, the leaves will probably be gone in a couple of days.
It's 42 degrees right now, and supposed to get below freezing tonight.
Hugs and stay warm,
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