Mantel Makeover and Wow Us Wednesdays

5.18.2011

Welcome to Wow Us Wednesdays  #15. This is the party where you can share just about anything that will "wow us". I am going to show you a little project I did last Friday. I never loved the color of my mantel after I painted it last year and it was time to change it up.


Here is the before with the old brown color.


Here is the new look. I cropped it so you couldn't see the rest of what I worked on this weekend.

I used the same Chateau Gray chalk paint that I used on the sideboard.

Actually I painted the mantel in the Old White chalk paint first and then I said nope and painted over it.

You can see how I heavily distressed and then used brown and clear waxes.

I love how the mix of colors really highlight the pattern in this trim.


Mr. Savvy built this mantel all by himself when we built the house. He had never built one before.



I added some live Kimberly Queen ferns to this old planter and placed it in the fireplace for the warmer months. Kimberly Queen is fitting don't ya think? My name is Kimberly and I am the queen of the house. grin

Now I want to see what you have to share with us this week!

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101 comments:

  1. You really brought the old world look to your fireplace! I love this chalk paint...and the color is perfect! Thanks for the party, girlfriend! ♥

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  2. Hi Kim, I love the transformation! I think this is my favorite color of chalk paint. The mantel looks wonderful. Thanks for hosting.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  3. Wow, you and Mr. Savvy are quite the furniture making and finishing team!

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  4. The green color is beautiful and that's is so cool that your Hubs built the mantel himself! I love the arched built-ins you have on either side of it too.
    (And yes, the ferns are very fitting.)
    :)
    Thanks for hosting.

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  5. Kim, your mantel is really wonderful! I love the color choice and the techniques you used...beautiful!

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  6. Looks wonderful Kim!

    Thanks so muchf or hosting!

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  7. The new color and distressing is fabulous. It totally changes the look.

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  8. What a beautiful job!! I love the color too. Thanks for hosting!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  9. It's really pretty, Queen Kim! Showing this to my hubby right away. 26 years of a boring mantel is long enough! Thanks for inspiring our next project.

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  10. I love the new look! Such a great color with your room! Thanks for hosting!!

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  11. Looks great Kim and I like how it made all the pretty details pop. Thanks for hosting, Martina

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  12. Everything is wonderful, love how you've distressed the mantle to see all the layers. The ferns are gorgeous, Your Highness! LOL! xoxo Debra

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  13. What a beautiful mantel. Great job! I liked the old color too ;0)

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  14. Your mantle looks amazing Kim! Love it!!!

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  15. It looks so pretty, Kim! I think the details stand out so much more now. I am getting the chalk paint for a couple of projects and was wondering if you have to use the wax and how do you know which to use - clear or dark?

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  16. The new color looks wonderful. I can't wait to see what you've done to the bookcases. Your home is always wonderful to see. Hugs, Marty

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  17. Oh, Kim your mantel is seriously GORGEOUS! It looks just perfect in it's new color. Thanks so much for hosting another fantastic party!
    Vanessa

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  18. Kim, your mantel looks fabulous! I love the new finish! Thanks for hosting WOW!

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  19. I do like the lighter color better. Mr. Savvy did a great job on the mantel.

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  20. Oh my goodness Kim! The mantel is FABULOUS..seriously!! It should be in magazine! Great job! Thank you for hosting the lovely party!

    Heather

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  21. Hi Kim, this looks beautiful I liked the old color, but now love this one! What amazes me that you redo things and yet they look so professionally done -- like the last finish was the only finish! That's not an easy task! This look is gorgeous -- it's a keeper

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  22. So pretty! I need some of your talent and energy. :D
    Thanks for hosting again this week.

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  23. Wow!! LOVE your mantel. It turned out so beautifully!!

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  24. I love the fireplace in this color. I never liked the brown but didn't say anything. But this is great...can't wait to see the shelves.

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  25. Kim, I think you could paint your mantel purple and I would still like it. Your painting technique is perfection! Beautiful! Linda

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  26. Love what you did! It's just right.
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Faye

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  27. Kim this turned out great.Perfect color for your room, great choice. Love the white peaking through!! Kathysue

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  28. Kim,
    You are working wonders with that chalk paint. That is beautiful, it looks very old and European. That is some great paint. Everything you have used it on looks fantastic! Thanks for having us.
    Sherry

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  29. I love this color and your beautiful transformation. I'm sitting here looking at my white mantel...may be time for a change soon.

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  30. Kim, thanks for allowing me to crash your fun party. Hope you have a great week, xxx tami

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  31. I absolutely adore the new color!! It is gorgeous!! It reminds me of a bedroom set that my Dad antiqued green for us when we were first married 32 years ago. I used it in my guest room.

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  32. I like the do-over mucho bettah! You do a great job with the antiqued paint finishes.

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  33. Queen Kim! Nice job on the mantle-can't wait to see what else you accomplished~Diana

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  34. It's a beautiful mantel, Kim. I love the new color!...Christine

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  35. Kim I love the look of the new fireplace! Looks great. I really think the marble shows it's beauty so much better now.

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  36. Hi Kim...amazing job on your mantel. You are one busy girl! I have visited several of the blogs and they are all so fun. Great stuff here! Thanks for hosting...~Ann

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  37. I need some inspiration for my Living room Mantel - I totally hate it right now...it is black and ugly! I am so in LOVE with yours! Great party - Thanks for hosting!

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  38. Love your mantel!! I pinned it onto my Pinterest page. Thanks for hosting this blog party.

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  39. I love your mantel!!!! It is just gorgeous!

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  40. I love the transformation! You are very talented!

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  41. What a great change to your fireplace -- it is such a lovely shade of green. Thanks for hosting the Savvy Party. Joni

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  42. I really like the new color of the fireplace! I have a feeling you are painting those bookcases now! Can't wait to see the changes you have made. Tell Mr. Savvy not to sit too long in his favorite chair because he may get covered in chalk paint! lol

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  43. The new mantel looks just great. I love the color and the look the darker wax gives it and the ferns look perfect. Tell Mr. Savvy he did a great job on the mantel!

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  44. What a beautiful mantel.
    Thanks for hosting.
    x Marnie

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  45. Kim, You are a wizz with a paintbrush. The detail, color and just the right wear on your mantel makes it a breathtaking focal point. Beautiful job!
    Yvonne

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  46. Kim, love the new look and seeing this color yet again is firming up my decision that this is the one for my own project. Thank you! ~ Sarah

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  47. Kim, I really love the new look. It makes the marble really pop. I didn't notice it much in the old photo, but the new green really makes a nice statement.
    Great job.
    Hugs,
    Babs

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  48. I didn't think anything was wrong with the brown, and then I saw the green! It looks GREAT! Wow, that chalk paint is something! I haven't tried it yet, but sure do hear a lot about it! Thanks for hosting! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  49. Love how this came out. You have me all excited about the chalk paint. I am working on a project for Wow Us Wednesdays.

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  50. Beautiful result! Tell Mr. Savvy that I'm very impressed with his mantel...it is beautiful!

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  51. Hi Kimmie! You're just amazing! Your mantle looks fabulous. You have such an eye for everything. Mr. Savvy is quite the man, building your wonderful mantle and all!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  52. Wow - what a gorgeous display. The color used is perfect!

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  53. Kim I love what you did to your mantel!! The color you chose is fantastic and the glaze sure brought out all the pretty features!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  54. Hi, Kim! SOOO love the mantel treatment ~ Just gorgeous. Thanks for hostessing this fun party ~ I've just linked up!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  55. Kim, this is a wonderful transformation. It's amazing what a little elbow grease and some great paints can do...oh and a great eye for design too. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. You have become the queen of chalk paint technique. I adore the new mantel color!

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  57. Looks fantastic, Kim ... from the color you chose to the beautiful distressing (love seeing a bit of the white peeking through, too)!! I didn't realize Mr. Savvy built it ... truly impressed !! My chalk paint should be arriving any day now ... can't wait !!

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  58. And ... thanks so much for hosting !! I'm off to mingle.

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  59. I really love this transformation...it brings out the detail and looks so rich and aged. It inspires me to change my mantle which is just plain old brown stain. I wish you had an email where I could send you a pic for a recommendation of chalk paint color.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Your mantle is as beautiful as a piece of furniture!! A work of art!! LOVE it! Kimberly ferns are my very favorite! They don't shed their little leaves everywhere and they are hardy and beautiful! I'd say they are a fitting match for the Queen of your house! blessings ~ tanna

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  61. Hello Kimberly Queen,
    Your mantle is delightful. What a change and how beautiful, it is! I love your savvy southern sytle.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  62. I liked the mantel before, but now it is GORGEOUS!!! I love those colors and can't wait to see the rest of your room!

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  63. Nanci, my email address is under my header in the contact me tab.

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  64. Kim Love the color! Great transformation! Thanks for hosting!

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  65. Kim, I LOVE the mantle!! It looks so warm and inviting. Thanks for hosting this great party. I find so many ideas here!

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  66. Very fitting! You are the queen, KIm! Love the mantel re-do.

    -heather

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  67. If I had a mantel that beautiful i would set there all day and look at it

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  68. Your mantel is stunning Kim! Your hubby did a marvelous job (I can't believe he had never built one before) and your new paint job is beautiful! I just love the layering and that gray is gorgeous! Thanks for the party, I see quite a few blogs to visit and be inspired by! xoxoo

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  69. Wow Kim! Your mantel looks incredible! You and your husband make an excellent team. Thanks for hosting another great party!

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  70. Oh Kim! Your mantel turned out so beautiful! Everything you do is so inspiring, that's why I love to come to your weekly link party. I always get so many ideas. Thanks for hosting, Marcia

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  71. wonderful change, but still smiling at your fern selection~

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  72. Hey sweet friend!!! Im ALIVE! FINEALLY, felt well enough this morning to post! I dont have any "Projects" to link up b/c I have just been too sick to do anything...HOWEVER, I have a funny story about my "Courtsey Car" from the people fixing my car from my wreck...I HOPE its ok that I linked up my story...Im just GLAD TO BE HERE! Im missing you and all my blogging Girlfriends! NOW, im going to back through and look at ALL of your projects! What I have seen so far...AMAZING...as always!

    Love you!
    xoxokara

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  73. I love your mantel makeover Kim...and you are the queen! Thanks for having all of us here.

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  74. omg girl you sure did it this time once again i love the new look now you can see the true detail what a lovely job hubby did hes a keeper for sure so talented this is a class act for sure its just amazing what you can think of love it love it :)

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  75. What a beautiful mantel! Great focal point.

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  76. Kim I love it!! Great job as always!!
    I love the color!!

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  77. Kim, it looks stunning! You and Mr. Savvy did an excellent job

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  78. I like it so much better...it looks terrific!

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  79. Wow, what a difference ~ I love it! You are so talented with this painting and refinishing...can you please come to my house? :-)

    Pat

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  80. Wow, what a difference ~ I love it! You are so talented with this painting and refinishing...can you please come to my house? :-)

    Pat

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  81. Team work makes so many wonderful things possible! Your mantel is beautiful! You really have this technique down! Thanks Kim!

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  82. Your mantel looks fabulous, Kim! Your hubby did a great job building it, too! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  83. Awesome look!.. and OMG look at all those entries.

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  84. Oh, the color of nature! It's beautiful, Kim with the Kimberly plant. Are you sure you're not going to turn into a can of paint?
    Brenda

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  85. This new color choice is much less staid and a lot more fun! :-)

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  86. Hi Kim,I'm your newest follower and I just added my link. I'm so glad I found your blog. Your house is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you transformed the mantel... it looks beautiful with the marble surround. I am in love with this room and your decorating style... its so warm and inviting.Thanks for hosting.~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  87. I love the distressing. It looks great in this color!

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  88. Hi Kim~ Absolutely love your new mantle color! What a beautiful change!! Thanks for hosting! :)

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  89. Your mantel is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love all of it!!! Such vintage goodness.
    Glad to be linking to your party today. Thanks for hosting.
    ~ Julie

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  90. Your mantel looks fabulous. I am linking to your party this week. Thank you so much for hosting.

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  91. Beautiful house! I saw your horse sign a week ago and thought I would link up my horse sign I made to show it to you... #219
    (New follower)

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  92. I love your mantel..the color..just PERFECT for that beautiful room. You are sooo good at what you do, Kimbo.

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  93. Hi Kim, I already commented about what a great job you and Mr. Savvy did on this, but now I have a question... does the Chateau Gray chalk paint have a green tint to it or is it just my lap top screen that makes it look like it does? I love the color, and I'm looking for a mossy green and would hate to order the wrong color chalk paint.
    Lisa

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  94. I love the new mantel. It has sort of a greenish cast to it doesn't it or is that just my computer?

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  95. You just amaze me. I'm so impressed that you had the courage to tackle your mantel! Of course, it's just paint; I know that. . . but I doubt I'd ever have had the gumption to try this project. But yours turned out great! It looks beautiful, just like everything you do.

    I'm very, very late for your party. . . I just finished my project this afternoon. But I'm so happy to join you here!

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