Faux Mantle Update

Mantle 2

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Nada & Co.  All thoughts and opinions of these products are my own.

Welcome back!  It’s another week for a master bedroom UPDATE! If you’re new here checking out the master bedroom, catch up on week one (Before) and week two (Shiplap).  Last week, I also shared with you guys our faux mantle and how we took the bottom off which caused some problems with the prior paint job.  This week, I’ll show you what I did to update this beauty!


Mantle Base Removed

Now, a little history on this piece.  I bought this about two years ago.  I was looking for a piece to add to our formal dining room and decorate (especially for Christmas).  It has since moved all around our home.  At one point, I was going to sell it.  But, I think I finally found it’s forever home in the master.

Mantle Before

When I purchased it, I knew I was repainting it.  I mean, I love Christmas and all, but no green and red for me! Its kinda funny because even when I painted it again this time, the green and red still popped through!

For this makeover I’m teaming up with Nada & Co.  They are an Annie Sloan Stockist in Royal Oak, Michigan.  Thank you Nada!

First I gave the whole piece a fresh coat of Annie Sloan Old White.

Mantle Old White

Then I took Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre, brushed it on and then took as much off as I wanted with an old t-shirt.  This is great technique to add depth to your piece!

I lightly distressed the edges with 220 sand paper and gave the whole piece a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.    As you can see, the red and green are popping through….

Now, to give these beautiful details some love, I got my Annie Sloan Dark Wax out and some very fine steel wool.

Mantle wax

I applied a small amount of dark wax on the details and edges, rubbed it in with the steel wool and then used my clear wax as an eraser if I need to take some off.  TIP:  Give your piece a coat of clear wax before applying dark wax.  This allows you to use the clear wax as an eraser, which is huge!

Mantle Dark Max On

The dark wax added just enough to antique the piece and allow the details to shine, as they should.

I asked my dad to come help me hang this on the wall.  He probably thinks I’m crazy, a faux fireplace mantle on your wall?! Thankfully, we got it up no problem and we even added the antique mantle mirror.


Mantle 1

Nope, I couldn’t be happier….

Mantle 2

Not a bad view from our bed!

Mantle 3

I mean, THAT mirror!!!  I will get it all dolled up for you guys for the big REVEAL!  Speaking of reveal, it’s getting closer!!!  Next week, I’ll share anther project with y’all!  See y’all soon.

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