A Mantel of Many Colors

8.18.2013

If August has decided to have weather like October then I might as well start thinking about a warm crackling fire in the fireplace. :) 

 Of course I'm not going to make a fire yet.  What would the neighbors think?

I doubt you noticed it in the great room paint reveal post last week, but the mantel had a small change made to it. 

I know y'all that are regular readers are saying, again? Seriously? Like how many times have you painted your mantel?

 Well, I didn't paint it again, but did darken it some with wax. I thought I would take you down mantel change memory lane.


It was originally white, but the first color I painted it was this dark brown with regular latex paint.

Then chalk paint came on the scene and I had to try it. This is Chateau Grey by Annie Sloan.

Then I went gray with French Linen and a white wash layering with Annie's paints.

Then I lightened it up more with a heavier white wash.

After we lightened up the walls I had to darken the mantel one more time.

I mixed some MMS milk paint in Typewriter (black) with her wax and rubbed it on.

This mantel has lots of layers, but that just makes it look better.




For those of you who don't already know Mr. Savvy built this mantel. It was his first. That man can do anything when he wants to.


We'll see how long it stays like this. wink



43 comments:

  1. Kim, I will give you this...you are not afraid to try new things. Love it. You have a wonderful decorating style. xoxo,Susie

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  2. My bet...3 months :). Give or take.....

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  3. You're just like me, Kim. I had just painted our kitchen and family room white and my husband instantly asked, "How long before it's another color?" I just smiled. :o) Beautiful mantel transformation!
    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

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  4. Very pretty, I love all the looks:)

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  5. Love the last look the best --I'm really into gray paint these days:) looks awesome kim.

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  6. Beautiful. And you are right Kim, all the layers give it an aged look of a piece that has been around for many years. Love it.

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  7. Love this version with the new wall color! I'm really crushing over that collie figurine that I saw in one of the photos. I purchased an oil painting of a collie at the auction. It's going in the guest bedroom I'm in the midst of redoing!

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  8. I think one is the best one! LOVE it- just the right mix of colours.

    Your hubs MADE that awesome mantel? Just amazing. I missed that someone - he is incredible, I love it!

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  9. I think they all looked great!!

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  10. It was fun seeing all of the different colors it has been. It looks great now a little darker with your new wall color.

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  11. That's awesome that Mr.Savvy made the mantle. He did an amazing job.
    I'm showing this to Mr. UD for inspiration.

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  12. I do love your latest color Kim! I think this color will last you the longest! Gorgeous!

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  13. I love the latest wash! It's a stunning mantel! Mr. Savvy did a wonderful job!

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  14. I really like how it looks now. Hard to believe that it will be official fireplace weather soon!

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  15. I love the current color of your mantle. The color melds so beautifully with the marble. Your husband sure did a wonderful job!

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  16. Luv this new darker version. It looks wonderful with the lighter wall colour.
    :-) Gee

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  17. Are we taking bets and guessing the next color? ;)
    Looking lovely lady!!

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  18. I love that you're not afraid to break out a can of paint whenever the mood strikes!
    Kelly

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  19. I like it when you change out your mantel color...you always keep things interesting and blended so well with the room as it also changes...Love the new look!!!

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  20. Every time you repaint your mantel, it becomes my new favorite!!
    Mary Alice

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  21. It has looked fabulous with all of the different colors. Pretty design. Hugs, Marty

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  22. Wow linked up your blog from " the laundry can wait" what a great find!!! You have a beautiful home!! great inspiration for me!
    New follower!! Thanks!!

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  23. I loved the walk down memory lane! I think my favorite is when it started to look almost like stone...the lighter grays. I definitely agree too about the layers. The more the better!

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  24. Ooooh, this is my favorite! Love it!

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  25. Imlove the new look but loved it too when it was AS chateau grey:) Hope the sun comes out for you soon!!!!!!!! It is very cloudy here today but I got alot of errands run:)

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  26. It looks great no matter what the color!

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  27. I've loved them all!! I think it's great how you can mix and wax to come up with all these wonderful looks!

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  28. I am playing around with my mantel today. YOURS is lovely!!!

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  29. The mantel looks great, Kim, and I'm really noticing the lighter walls in these photos too.

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  30. You amaze me. I avoid painting at all cost...you seem to gravitate to it!!

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  31. Kim,
    I love all the looks but the current one is my favorite of your mantel. It makes the new walls just shine. Gorgeous.
    Kris

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  32. Hi Kim!
    I recently began following your blog..I'm a new blogger!
    This post cracked me up! My husband jokes that I have painted the house so many times, the rooms have shrunk. I have lost sleep at night after painting a room, because I worry that I should have gone a shade lighter or darker!
    I love the last look though...the layers of washes really give it a nice aged look.
    Take care and looking forward to reading and learning more from you!
    Debbie

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  33. Looks beautiful. I have been starring at my mantel for along time wondering if I should paint it. You have given me the inspiration to do so. Just wondering. Does the fireplace color have to match the crown moulding and window trim?

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  34. Loved your mantel through the ages! :) I'm loving the freshness of the white and the pretty contrast!

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  35. I like all of them you did and your mantle Mr. Savvy did is beautiful, Great job!

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  36. Ha you are so funny!Well I have enjoyed seeing your mantle changes.Do you want to come over and paint mine?I am starting to think about painting mine...again!BTW I am sharing a post about my mantle tomorrow too!Your hubby did a great job building yours!
    xx
    Anne

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  37. Okay. This is the most old French chateau color yet and I love it the best! Looks great with the new paint color.

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  38. I love your fearlessness with paint! Mr. Savvy is a craftsman more than a builder!

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  39. I've looked at your mantel posts several times. This was the first time I have noticed the terra cotta tile. I love how you have brought the terra cotta to the shelves with the pottery. I think by lightening up the walls the other details of the room stand out more. Love your new look.

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  40. Love your Blog, I'll have to check back. yvonne

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