A few days ago, I showed you the progress we had made so far on the fireplace mantle. Over the weekend, we made even more progress, and we came reaaaallly close to finishing the project. In fact, we probably would have completed the mantle, but we came to a very definite halt. In one of those weird, quirky mental exchanges between me and the Hubs, we discovered that we weren’t on the same page, plane or planet at all!
Although we agreed to add some decorative moulding, Hubby thought it would just go on the wooden mantle. I, on the other hand, wanted the moulding to surround the fireplace opening. I found a very whimsical pattern of leaves on a vine, and it looked so natural and rustic that I thought it would go perfectly with the Western style of our home. So, of course, I wanted to extend this look and use it around the entire fireplace. This is how the mantle currently looks.
It was hard to get a good close-up of the scrollwork, but if you look closely, you can see some of the detail. This is how it looks from the front. Again, it was hard to capture the detail in the wood, so I didn’t get a full shot of the entire fireplace.
Here is how the mantle looked before we added the moulding. While I think this is a big improvement, and I’m really loving how it looks now, I still think it needs something more. I took a picture of some moulding propped up on the side of the tile to give you an idea of what it would look like. If we added the wooden trim, the wood would be wider, but you can get a feel for the end result.
Hubby wants to leave it without the extra trim surrounding the fireplace, so we are stalled right now. However, I think he is coming around to my point of view–naturally! I also want to stain it a light color–just enough to add some color without having it look too dark. Hopefully, we will come to an agreement and finish this project this weekend!
If you have any thoughts on this, I would absolutely love to hear them. Should we add moulding around the entire fireplace or leave it the way it is?
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