Tuesday, June 22, 2010

mantle: walnut-ified.

I felt like something just wasn't right with the fireplace from the first time we saw this house. Pretty sure it's just a matter of personal preference, but the Hubbs and I just don't love the light wood so much... I don't really know why, and it doesn't bug me when other people use light wood, I just don't like it for us. That's okay, I think.

Here's the before:

And the after:

I like it so much better! I don't know why I put this off for months, it wasn't nearly as involved as I imagined it would be.

All I did is sand it lightly (very lightly) and then masked off the area around it so I didn't end up with walnut blobs on my walls. And then stained away. I used Minwax Dark Walnut as the stain. It took like a week to dry, so I probably should have sanded it more before staining so it could soak in better (according to my husband) but I'm impatient and just wanted to see the result. :)

An hour or so of actual work and 7 days of drying later, this is what we ended up with. I'm happy with it. Stain isn't nearly as intimidating as I thought it was!


Jessica said...

Oh, I love the new mantle color! I don't really care as much for lighter woods, either. :-)

Frank, Heidi and Family said...

I am all about restaining. I did it in on our bathroom cupboards. I would LOVE to restain my kitchen cupboards, but I don't know if I'm that brave.

KasiaJ said...

I'm also a walnut stain type person- it looks great. Also (and maybe you've already thought of this), I was thinking you could add a ruffle to the bottom of your slipcovered rocker.

OliviaB said...

The new color on the mantel looks great!

I see the paint you're testing on the walls. We have a dark leather sofa (and loveseat) and a black armoir in our living room as well -- try Benjamin Moore - Muslin in eggshell and see if you like it. We love it!!

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

Wow, it looks SO much better now with the darker stained wood!


Holly said...

BEAUTIFUL! We've been looking for a walnut stain for the front door of our house, might have to look into this one. It has just the right amount of richness and warmth. I also really like how it brings out the darker rock in the fireplace.

Mindy said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Now onto the next project, eh?