Nealy’s Mantle

Nealy’s Mantle
True story. I took my three-year-old boy to the library yesterday. The only book he wanted to bring home out of the entire library was this gigantic (outdated) book about home design. 
 It weighed about nine pounds and was bigger than he was, but HE WANTED (sob!) THAT HOUSE BOOK (sob!) So we brought it home and read through it, and boy oh boy, there were a lot of pictures like this:

I was itching to reach into the book and paint everything white, like this stunning mantle redo by Nealy from Bambina Babe. Not that there’s anything wrong with oak, many people certainly seem to love it. I’m just not one of those people. And I don’t think white will ever go out of style. At least, I hope not!



  1. January 4, 2010 / 7:21 PM

    Much, much better. It’s a wonder what a little paint can do to update something. Great work!

  2. January 4, 2010 / 7:50 PM

    Agreed. White won’t go out of style. ~ And it’s not trendy. Love it… and your site!

    I organize.. and my children will go to there friends houses and help them organize their rooms.. I wish I could say that our “passions” and interests don’t rub off on our kids.. but they do!!

  3. January 4, 2010 / 9:08 PM

    The kitchen at my old house had oak cabinets that aged to a really heinous shade of orange. How I wish I’d had the guts to paint them white-the new owner liked the oak though.

  4. January 4, 2010 / 9:37 PM

    Hey Lindsey, thanks for featuring this on your blog!

    Just wanted to let you know, the link BambinaBabe on your posting is “broken.”

    Thanks and happy new year!

  5. January 5, 2010 / 12:54 AM

    I’ve always thought that’s one of the most amazing things about the public library…you can check out anything that catches your eye, and the price is always right!

  6. January 5, 2010 / 2:47 AM

    This looks so much better painted white. You can see the details.

    Great job.

  7. January 5, 2010 / 3:08 AM

    Wow!! What a transformation! Great post, happy new year!

  8. January 5, 2010 / 3:00 PM

    Great transformation! *Tip* Did you know that those ugly brass strips on gas fireplaces just pull off? Neither did I until I lived with them for 5 years and my neighbor said, just take them off. What? They just pulled right off leaving nice black ones. Give it a try!

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