It is all in the details…
and when it comes to an antique marble fireplace mantel and surround-
well, those details are pretty incredible.
and a sneak peek of the antique fireplace mantel that we just installed.
You might remember this mantel from the summer.
It was a craigslist find along with another one – a 2 for 1 special if you will
and this one was in quite a few pieces as it had broken.
But… you know me.
I see a diamond in the rough…. even though it might look like coal.
And these were definitely diamonds in the rough…
Honestly, I wasn’t bothered in the least by the damage
and the many pieces it was in.
Number one- those cracks and bits and puzzle pieces back together are just patina and character to me.
And number two- these mantels already had my heart the first time
I saw them in all those pieces.
I knew they were treasures.
In order to put humpty dumpty back together again and get this mantel installed- we needed a backing. A piece of chunky board with an arch cut out was the ticket.
We used a glue of sorts that works on marble after using the usual marble tiling methods
didn’t hold those heavy pieces and…
cue another break.
You can see how even when puzzled back together- you can tell they are broken pieces
and we could fill the cracks in like when tiling- but I don’t mind the look.
After the front pieces were secure and dry in place-
my husband built the sides to create the ‘fireplace’ a fire box area
and a way to set the mantel slab on top.
Then the box was secured to the studs in the wall.
This is a faux fireplace in this room for now- though we are looking at adding a gas insert or building a chimney possibly.
And so the inside was bare as it was.
We used black to add depth and create more of a real fireplace look in the room.
I added birch logs, string lights and called it good.
You can read more about the ‘Before’ in this post
and stay tuned to see where the next one goes.
What do you think of it?
I am feeling like this gorgeous marble fireplace