Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Mantel

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hi Mrs. Gosling and Mrs. Kelly,

We recently had a mantel makeover at my house and I blame credit the whole thing to my mother!  You see, on the day we moved into our house five years ago, she said something like, "Your mantel sucks."  OK, not that, but as a daughter that's what I heard.  Here's a picture of how the mantel looked before its makeover.  It was basically moulding.

When we had our favorite carpenter, Tom, over to work on our new stair railing, I mentioned our/my mom's desires to change out our mantel. I showed him this inspiration picture that I took at a design showroom.

I really liked the style in the middle.  I was hoping Tom could make the whole thing a little chunkier too.
Then, he emailed me this rough sketch.

I excitedly replied, "Yes, please!"  And a few weeks later after building the new mantel in his workshop, we had a special delivery.

This is the back...and yes this transformation happened in the winter  (of course with Rochester's weather, this could have been last week).

As you can tell, the new mantel is chunkier and bigger just like the blogger ordered.

In about three minutes my husband and Tom removed the old mantel.

Tom added some 2 x 4's to secure the new mantel.  While he did this, my husband and boys signed the inside of the mantel and secured a Lego man to the backside of the mantel to commemorate the date and the boys who live in our crazy house.

Tom leveled it off and secured it in place.  He also added trim around the bottom to match the baseboards around the room.  

Then, my husband got painting.
I barely let the paint dry before I got my chotckies out.

And here she is!

I'm kind of obsessed with the new mantel.  I can't tell you how many times my husband has found me staring at it adoringly.  All I can say is mom, you were right, our old mantel sucked. 

Anxiously awaiting stocking hanging,

P.S. You can see more of Tom's work at my mom's kitchen remodel and our stair transformation.  You can get in touch with Tom by calling him at 585-747-6342.

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  Wowzas!  Now that's what I call a "facelift."  Nice job Mrs. W, Mr. Mrs. W and Tom.  This is the 2nd time we have seen Tom's work on the blog, will there be a 3rd?!?

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