Modern, Rustic Mantel Makeover

Modern, Rustic Mantel Makeover Abstract Art

Happy Wednesday friends! I’m excited to share a super fun project with you guys I’ve been working on!

When Angie’s List asked me to participate in a mantel makeover challenge I knew just the project! My friend and client had recently asked me to help give her builder-basic mantel and fireplace a much needed facelift! Pretty convenient, huh? We’ve been working our way slowly through her home adding lots of fun updates and we knew we wanted to go big and bold with this element.

You can check out the full story and tutorial today over on Angie’s List! AND you can vote for your favorite by clicking HERE!!! Of course I would LOVE for you to vote for our project!

Now here is the inspiration as well as the dramatic before and after!



{via Rue Magazine}


{via Style Blueprint}





Modern, Rustic Mantel Makeover White on White

For the fireplace, we filled in the gaps between the existing stones with grout and painted them.

Modern, Rustic Mantel Makeover Detailed mantel

We built a new mantel box out of rough-sawn wood from a local sawmill that we attached directly to the old mantel.

Modern, Rustic Mantel Makeover Cathedral Ceiling

We added shiplap paneling above the mantel all the way to the ceiling.

Modern, Rustic Mantel Makeover with Blue Sofa

We styled the mantel with pops of color that paired perfectly with the rich navy sofas! Ant Sanders, a local artist, created this original piece above the mantel for the homeowner! It’s so unique and works perfectly with the modern fireplace!

Okay, I’m dying to know what you think!!! Will you vote for us, pretty please???

You can shop the look here:

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  1. Hi!! I’m looking to do my fireplace and my stone is exactly like yours. Any tips on how you grouted between the stones?? That part seems very overwhelming! Thanks!

    1. Hi Kate! I’m sorry for the delay! This was actually not a DIY. I designed the fireplace remodel for a client but we hired the job out. I haven’t had any experience painting/grouting stone yet. I have considered it for my own fireplace but have’t researched it enough to give advice. Sorry about that and thanks for reading!! xoxo

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