I’m always fascinated by those HGTV shows where they take things like a lamp shade found in a dumpster and turn it into a chic coffee table.  I had one of these moments the other day and I wanted to share.

First, it started with a fireplace I had covered a couple months ago to hide dated brick (part of Phase 2 discussed here).  You know the kind of dated fireplaces in the basements where we grew up.

We covered it by milling stock pine from Home Depot into ship-lap siding and attaching it to the brick. This gives it a more coastal or country feel rather than 70’s. I like the natural subtle imperfections of the pine. It makes it seem older and more authentic. You can also use mdf to do this. It will save on costs when doing larger areas. As shown here.

For the mantle, I wanted to have an older trestle wood timber post on top of white crisp corbels. The blend of refined and rustic keeps it more Nantucket than rustic cabin.

I didn’t end up going with the old gray beam and went with something a little closer to home…literally.  I used wood from our fence that had fallen down.



2 Responses to “DIY…For Reals”

  1. Hello! I just found your blog from Pinterest and I’m crazy about your fireplace. I’ve already painted our 70’s brick white, but when we actually *do* our fireplace surround I’m saving this as an example. Thanks for sharing!


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