My house has an abundance of … I don’t know what exactly to call them. Niches? Coves? Nooks? Big holey things in the wall? Behold:
Blerg. There is also another one directly across from this one, and one at the top of the stairs, but off to the side and so high up no one can reach it or hardly see it. Makes no sense to me. Someday I’m sure this will look great with custom built-ins or somesuch, but that day is not today.
However, there was plenty of inspiration to be had in The Home Depot’s Fall Style Guide, as usual. These particular photos were about new trends in paint colors, but I was swept away by all the custom mouldings and panelings and casings and baseboards. Dreamyville.
So, with Christmas approaching, I commissioned my handy brother Nathan to help me add a little interest to my cove of darkness, in the form of a faux mantle. (I must also give him credit for not giving me a hard time about wanting to stick a fake mantle in a house with no fireplace, purely for decorative purposes.)
I really failed in the picture-taking department, but here you get a general idea of what we started with.
That’s right. Plain old lumber. Ana’s plan is super simple, so most of the time was spent at The Home Depot getting the cuts made, and actual construction of the mantle took I swear, like half an hour. Easy peasy.
Here is Nate doing all the dirty work. (We really didn’t make THAT big of a mess. He always looks like that. He’s handy.)
And here it is all ready to be sanded, caulked, and painted. Caulking is absolutely necessary to hide all the little gaps and spaces in the wood, especially when you are planning to paint. “Caulk and paint and make it what it ain’t!” Learned that one from my dad.
So, when I brought
it inside, I discovered absolutely hated the color I chose. (Rustoleoum’s Heirloom White, which normally I love, but in this case it just looked waaaaaay too creamy.) So I tried a brighter white, and here is it! Wait … let’s look at the before again:
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