Monday, July 14, 2014

Mantle Expansion

Woodoggie it's still here!  I've been away so long I wasn't sure my blog would still be here, but it was, like it always is, just waiting for me to come visit and give it some luv.  I have been so neglectful these past few months, ever since I did the art show in March it seems I haven't been able to catch up. And  truthfully while I've been busy, there wasn't really anything exciting to share with you groovy people.   I did have a couple of really cool jobs, but they were on location and I forgot my camera.  And to be honest one of them I did in a garage and even if the lighting had been decent when I was finished I was so doggone tired I don't think I could have held the camera straight.  I really hate it too cause those pieces were fabulous (and if I'm saying they were fabulous then they were fabulous because I'm NEVER completely happy with any of my work!  Never.  Ever.) I just hate that none of you groovy people will ever see them.  

I have some news!  About this time last year I posted on my FB page that we had sold our house.  It wasn't on the market, but we have some friends who love it and wanted to buy it.  Unfortunately they never could get a good offer for their house so we all decided to stay where we were.  It is past time to paint and do some other things and about a month or two ago we got started on some projects, another reason I've been away so long.  Of course it wasn't planned.  It kinda happened like this:

Me to Mr. Flower Child: "I don't guess we're ever going to do any of the things I want to do to this house" (hint hint)

Mr. Flower Child:  "Well what do you want to do?"

Me:  "Well, for one thing I want to expand the mantle."

and that groovy people is how it started.  Next thing I know we're on our way to Lowe's and by that afternoon my mantle was longer and wider!!  yaaaayyy!!  I had done lots of reading up on the subject, and truth be told I could have done it by myself, but sometimes I have to let Mr. Flower Child help so he feels all manly and stuff (plus, then I don't have to to do it! ha!) There are lots of blog posts out there on the subject, and they're all very similar.  This is what we did:

We started with this (btw, all that stuff around it isn't usually there, it just got stuck there as we were moving things out of the way and I was too lazy to move it for the picture):

It measured 8" wide, which isn't as narrow as some, but it was never quite wide enough.

Originally I wanted to add a 1 x 10 and then a 1 x 12, but I was to cheap budget conscience to go to that expense so we just added a 1 x 12.  (It's kinda hard to see it in the pic below, and if I was a really good blogger, which we have already established that I am not, but if I were I would edit my photo and add some cute little arrows pointing to the board, but since we're all lucky I'm getting this far let's make life simple and pretend like I put a couple of arrows pointing to the board on top.  The plus side to pretending is that you can make the arrows any color you want!  *wink*wink*)

We secured it by adding some wood glue and screwing it down on the top.

I filled the holes with some wood putty and sanded it after it dried (I promise it was much smoother than it looks in the photo). 

We also added some shims because, and get ready to alert the world, MR. FLOWER CHILD WAS RIGHT when he told me the board I picked out was too bowed.  I didn't think it was that bad, but when we put it on top of the existing mantle and you looked at it from the side, oh my goodness it was bad! Sadly, it was the best one out of what they had there.  I think everyone had decided to expand their mantles on the same day any they bought all the 1 x 12's!  Luckily this little piece of wood solved the problem!  (Okay, once again pretend like there are cute little arrows pointing to that little piece of wood right there - go ahead and make that arrow any color you want!)

After we got the 1 x 12 secured we added the trim molding.  First we added some around the side. (I'm not even touching the subject of mitering the corners, just not gonna go there, but you can Google it and people far more experienced than me can explain it to ya.)  We attached it using some wood glue and my brad/nail gun and I filled the holes with some wood putty.  If you don't have a nail gun I suggest you run to the store and buy one cause it is the greatest thing evah!  Seriously, if you don't have a nail gun you can attach the molding the old-fashioned way with a real hammer and brads.

Then we added some trim molding on the underside using the same method.  This also covered up the shim we used to level out the bowed board.

After the trim molding was attached I got out my handy dandy caulking gun and caulked all the cracks.  (awe, did you notice that hubby bought me a caulking gun in my fave color?  he's so sweet!)

When I was done all of that fake black marble ceramic tile stuck out like a sore thumb and I knew it was not going to work with the new color scheme that was happening in my mind.

So I taped and covered all of it (sorry, I neglected to take a photo of this step and I did such a good job.  BTW, do you know it takes FOREVER to tape and cover, ugghh!!) and I painted it.  Yep, you read that right, I painted it using this stuff:

This stuff is fabulous!  It's like magic in a can!  I really like the "Charcoal" color and originally started with that, but it was a little too dark for what I have in mind so I changed to the "Granite."   Check it out!  

Pretty cool, huh?!  In person it really feels like stone, kind of has a texture like cement.

I also painted all that "brass" a pewter color.  I used a product called Sophisticated Finishes in "Pewter."  I meant to take a picture of the bottle, but forgot, sorry.  I just love this product!  I will be honest and say that I haven't used any other color, but I can testify that the Pewter is great!

And here it is all finished!  

You'll probably notice that I painted the wall, which I was going to reveal in another post, but of course when I painted the mantle I got paint on the wall so I went ahead and painted the walls too since they were going to get painted anyway.  Can you say SNOWBALL EFFECT?  but more  on that later, and I mean later because EVERYTHING in my house is getting painted, from the ceiling to the floor and everything in between!

I just love the way the fireplace turned out!  (Ignore that spot of trim paint on the wall, it has been fixed!)

And look at that width!  I can't wait to decorate!

Alrighty groovy people, I'm outa here, but bear with me 'cause I'm gonna have lots more to show ya! 




  1. I cannot believe a can of spray paint can solve my granite tile around the fireplace problem! Thanks for the tip!

  2. This looks fabulous. Can't wait to see how you decorate!

    1. Thanks Kim! Funny thing is, now that I've started painting with my new "color scheme" I'm kinda liking a cleaner more streamlined look - ha! Now I have a wider mantle and I don't want to put anything on it!! No worries, I'm sure that phase won't last long.


  3. you have done fabulous work by creating flower child designs, it would really be a source of fun and peace for kids, wonderful ideas!! thnaks for sharing this,keep updated us with more.