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Distressing the Mantle and Rearranging Shelves

Hi friends!

I am so happy to be back! Scott and I both got hit hard with a nasty case of food poisoning that left us both out and down for a solid five days. Yikes. Not cute. So, clearly we are a bit behind on our to-do list for the house, but I did manage to peel myself off the couch to do a little project I’ve been wanting to do for months.

So last year when Scott and my dad installed our floating fireplace mantle I had always meant to sand some of the paint off so the wood beam would be more exposed…but I never got around to it. Until now.

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I’m actually not sure what kind of paint is on the beam, but it was really challenging to get off. I had to use a trowell to chip and scrape away at the paint. It took me about an hour of scraping and unearthing paint of the solid wood.

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With a new mantle look, I was ready to give the entire fireplace a new look. Rust-ouleum was kind enough to send me some of their Mirror Effect spray paint, so I decided to try it out on 3 glass vessels I had—a bottle, an old candle with the wax removed and a vase. Of course I had to use the comfort grip…I’m obsessed with it.

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The instructions say to spray the inside of the jars. The reverse side of what you spray will get the mirror finish. I sprayed the inside of two jars and the outside of the tall bottle to test the difference.

I did notice the two I sprayed on the inside were more shiny, but I think you can still spray the outside of a bottle to get a mirror-like look, especially if you want to use it to hold flowers or something.

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I added my three new mirror-finished jars to the mantle and then added a few favorites back in, including Pride & Prejudice of course.

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I also decided to go over the mantle with a sander for a smooth finish.

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Then I decided to re-arrange the bookshelves on either side of the mantle as well…why not?

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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.

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    1. Haha! If you know of any producers for HGTV or anywhere similar, I will be totally available!

  1. I’m so jealous of your built-ins! I think the mantel looks fabulous! The painted vessels look like pewter pieces, which can sometimes be a bit pricey. Hooray for cheap and easy projects! 🙂

  2. Everything looks beautiful! I love that comfort grip too ~ 🙂 I’ve seen that paint and wondered what it was like so thanks for sharing!

    So sorry you’ve been so sick…that is just miserable. This heat hasn’t helped either I’m sure.

    P.S. Where did you find the deer head?

  3. That mantle is fabulous and the glass vases/jars are to die for! I’m so glad you are feeling better. Food poisoning is the worst!

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