There were just simple boards surrounding the brick. The sides popped out about a half an inch from the wall giving it no real interest or depth. Our TV sat on it’s stand behind the frame and the rust colored tiles drove us crazy.
AJ purchased 2×4 boards at Home Depot to give the sides more depth and then we decided to frame them out in a wainscoting fashion similar to our kitchen. We want the rooms to move seamlessly into each other.
The actual mantle piece was an old piece of wood AJ found in the basement left over from the previous owner. It was covered with dirt, dust and cobwebs but nothing a little cleaning up couldn’t fix to get the aged look we wanted.
The fireplace base still needs some work but AJ built a platform to cover the rust colored tiles and we found some much more neutral tiles that’ll tie in nicely with the rest of the room. I’ll fill you in once we start tiling here.
The Christmas decorations on the mantle are simple and inexpensive. We have greens left over from our Christmas tree mixed in with the leftover garland from our stairway. I purchased the white birds at our craft store to use in Baby’s room once we get on that but I love white birds and they went perfectly with our Christmas tree.
The tree stumps are a tradition we started last year. We write the year and then a meaningful event from that year on the stump. This year it was “kitchen reno almost completed and Drew started talking”.