Fireplace Makeover || Before & After Reveal

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I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! We spent our Thanksgiving in Chicago visiting family and spending a day at The Field Museum. We had another family dinner on Saturday and we now feel like a bunch of stuffed turkeys! It was a lovely time off and we ended our weekend starting to decorate for Christmas.

Today I’m excited to share our before and after of our fireplace. We tiled, built a mantel, and painted and I love how it turned out! Our fireplace was a little outdated. Here is how it looked before we touched it.

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AFTER-fireplace

The little staggered shelves were really awkward to me and I didn’t care for the glass doors at all. I’ve always wanted a mantel so I designed one and we got to work. We tiled directly on the stone by using the thinset to make a level surface.  We selected some beautiful Carrara marble subway tile from The Tile Shop.

See how we tiled our fireplace here

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This was our first time tiling and our first time building a mantel. All and all I am really happy with how everything turned out. I will also be sharing the details of how we built our mantel and made it fit to the stone this week. The finishing touch on the mantel is the greek key trim. I purchased the trim from O’verlays.

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Our living room is really coming together now. I changed the layout a bit so that our sitting area is closer to the fireplace. I floated the furniture and anchored it with the area rug centered under our chandelier. I have space behind the sofa for a sofa table and my workspace and bar cart. The room feels bigger now and we can enjoy the warmth of the fire.

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Such a huge improvement! I just love that tile. I picked up some stockings today and can’t wait to hang them up. Holiday decorating is going to be so fun this year!

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We are so happy with the transformation and it just makes the room.

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You can see how I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art to add some color to my mantel.

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Linking to: TDC Before & After Party, Give Me the Goods, Creating with the Stars 2014

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87 Comments on Fireplace Makeover || Before & After Reveal

  1. cassie
    December 2, 2013 at 5:24 am (5 months ago)

    oh my LAWD! i LOVE it! kristin, you must be SOOOOOO happy! seriously gorgeous, friend! mind blown.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 7:02 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much friend! I am Christmas decorating and it is fantastic! xo Kristin

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      • Rebecca Dahle Bickham
        January 14, 2014 at 12:11 am (3 months ago)

        Hi kristin! you have amazing taste i just love your style! I am wondering how you built your mantel?

  2. Anna
    December 2, 2013 at 6:02 am (5 months ago)

    Turned out great! !! Good job! Xoxo

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 7:03 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks A!! xoxo K

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  3. Julia Anne Konya
    December 2, 2013 at 6:09 am (5 months ago)

    YAY reveals are my favorite posts and when they are as good as this one then I’m even happier. Love it! The overlays look amazing and are such a great idea!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 7:04 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much friend! Reveals are one of my faves too. I was debating whether or not to do a big reveal for this one, it’s hard to keep it under wraps that long ;) xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 7:04 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Laurie :) I wanted to add a little something ;) xo Kristin

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  4. Brandi
    December 2, 2013 at 7:46 am (5 months ago)

    Beautiful job, Kristin! I love the tile you chose and the overlays are the perfect addition. I know you are excited to start decorating your mantle.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:38 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Brandi :) I actually have a place to hang our stockings :) xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:38 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Michelle :) xo Kristin

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  5. Pam @ Simple Details
    December 2, 2013 at 8:16 am (5 months ago)

    Oh my, Kristin!!!! It is so you, and totally unique! What a fabulous job, and such a fun time of year to enjoy it! Can’t wait to see it all decked out!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:39 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Pam :) That’s quite the compliment coming from you! I am Christmas decorating this week and just got some fur stockings ;) xo Kristin

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  6. johnny51
    December 2, 2013 at 8:24 am (5 months ago)

    Looks killer!! Huge improvement.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:40 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Johnny :) xo Kristin

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  7. Jesse @ Scout & Nimble
    December 2, 2013 at 8:24 am (5 months ago)

    Kristin!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous, friend!!!! Amazing job…and great thinking with the overlays! You are killing this room! LOVE it!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:41 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Jesse :) This room has changed so much and I am almost finished with the big stuff in here. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xo Kristin

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  8. Our Humble Abode
    December 2, 2013 at 8:34 am (5 months ago)

    Holy cow, it’s stunning! Love the crisp white and I’m a sucker for anything white marble. And the new arrangement seems to make the most of the space. Great, great job, Kristin!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:47 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much!! It is so nice and bright and refreshing in here now. I want to paint the walls lighter, but I think I’ll wait til after the holidays ;) xo Kristin

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  9. laurie at laurie jones home
    December 2, 2013 at 8:40 am (5 months ago)

    This looks so good! What a transformation! Using the overlays was a great idea!!!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:50 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Laurie :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  10. Sarah
    December 2, 2013 at 8:54 am (5 months ago)

    It looks AMAZING! I love it!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:48 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Sarah :) xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:51 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Kelly :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  11. Gretchen@Boxy Colonial
    December 2, 2013 at 9:39 am (5 months ago)

    oh wow–amazing transformation! LOVE that greek key detailing–perfect touch!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 9:51 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Gretchen :) xo Kristin

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  12. Lisa
    December 2, 2013 at 9:54 am (5 months ago)

    Oh my gosh, Kristin, your fireplace came out BEAUTIFULLY!!! I love it! You did such an amazing job – you and your husband are a great DIYing team! The tile is GORGEOUS!!!!!! I was up til all hours last night redesigning my fireplace. Why I think the holiday season is a good time to go after this project, I don’t know, but after seeing your makeover I’m even more fired up to do it! (no pun intended!) :)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm (5 months ago)

      Wow! Thanks so much Lisa :) How exciting you are going to do yours! Can’t wait to see what you do. Yeah, it may be tough right now, I was hoping to get ours down before it got too cold so we could use our fireplace again. Just in time ;) xo Kristin

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  13. Stephanie Kent @ The Styled Soul
    December 2, 2013 at 10:06 am (5 months ago)

    You killed it Kristin! It is gorgeous!! I can’t wait to see how you decorate it for Christmas.

    Stephanie

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Stephanie :) Believe it or not next week are the holiday blogger stylin’ home tours so I am working to get it all done! xo Kristin

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  14. Tania @ Run To Radiance
    December 2, 2013 at 10:15 am (5 months ago)

    This looks awesome!! We gave our fireplace a major makeover a few months ago and it’s amazing how it can change the entire feel of the room!! I love what you have done- so beautiful!! :)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Tania :) It is such an improvement! You are right, it really change the whole feel of our living room. xo Kristin

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  15. Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    December 2, 2013 at 10:21 am (5 months ago)

    Turned out great and just like you had planned! Can’t wait to see how you decorate it for the holidays ; ]

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Jennifer :) It’s that fun time of the year! Love it! xo Kristin

      Reply
  16. Brandyn
    December 2, 2013 at 10:45 am (5 months ago)

    Looks Fantastic! Fabulous Job. That tile is gorgeous!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Brandyn :) xo Kristin

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  17. Kayla
    December 2, 2013 at 10:56 am (5 months ago)

    It turned out so beautiful Kristin!! You guys did a fabulous job! I love the simple clean and classic lines it now has!!!
    Blessings,
    Kayla

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Kayla :) That is exactly the feel I was going for ;) xo Kristin

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  18. interiorsbykenz
    December 2, 2013 at 10:56 am (5 months ago)

    It is SOOOOOOO beautiful! You guys did an amazing job with it. I LOVE the Greek key so much! I’m blown away with the transformation.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Kenz :) O’verlays are so awesome! If I had an IKEA close by they would be on everything! xo Kristin

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  19. Sarah {Lacquer and Linen}
    December 2, 2013 at 11:01 am (5 months ago)

    Wow Kristin, it looks absolutely gorgeous!!! I just love the marble and the Greek key trim. It’s amazing how different it looks even with just the flagstone painted white. Great job!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks my friend! I went back and forth on whether to completely cover the stone by building over it, but I am really glad I just painted over it. It adds a little more interest and I like that it is original to the house. xo Kristin

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  20. Katrina
    December 2, 2013 at 11:14 am (5 months ago)

    your fireplace makeover is truly stunning!! It looks so amazing and so fresh…it would fir sure be my happy place in your living room!!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Katrina :) It is where I live on a cold winter night, but I’m always cold this time of year. That fireplace gets a lot of use :) xo Kristin

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  21. Steph
    December 2, 2013 at 11:35 am (5 months ago)

    I love it! The overlay is such a creative idea. I can’t wait to see how you decorate it for Christmas!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Steph :) I am working on the Christmas decor today and will be sharing it next week. xo Kristin

      Reply
  22. designwithj9
    December 2, 2013 at 11:55 am (5 months ago)

    I love the results. You did a lot of work and it paid off. Just lovely.

    Janeane

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Janeane :) xo Kristin

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  23. Shavonda
    December 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm (5 months ago)

    Well hello there gorgeous fireplace!! It looks so good Kristin! I love the tiles and the Greek key trim accent is lovely and so very you!!! Awesome job chica!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Shavonda :) xo Kristin

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  24. Shavonda
    December 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm (5 months ago)

    Well hello there gorgeous fireplace!! It looks great Kristin! I love the tile and the Greek Key detail and lovely and so very you! Great job chica!

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  25. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    December 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm (5 months ago)

    Whoa, that’s impressive! The tile you chose is gorgeous and I love the Greek overlay you added to the mantel. Can’t wait to hear all about the transformation! :)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Caitlin :) I love that it came together without a hiccup! xo Kristin

      Reply
  26. LetsJustBuildaHouse (@LetsBuildaHouse)
    December 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm (5 months ago)

    i do not believe you this was your first time tiling! it’s beautiful. you guys did a great job. love the details on the mantel!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Trina :) Definitely first timers, but we took The Tile Shop class and that really helped. xo Kristin

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  27. jlhoneyman
    December 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm (5 months ago)

    Wow, Kristin, that is a seriously high-impact makeover! Looks so, so great.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Jennifer :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  28. sarah m. dorsey
    December 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm (5 months ago)

    WOW! Looks SO good!! :) Love the tile … I’d love to use something similar when we move into our new house!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm (5 months ago)

      Sarah, thank you! If you have The Tile Shop near by your new place I would definitely go that route. The staff is amazing and the selection is the best I’ve seen. xo Kristin

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  29. Kelly at View Along the Way
    December 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm (5 months ago)

    WHAAAAAT!! This is outrageously good. Combining carrera marble AND greek key is like too much goodness, you’re going to cause an explosion. BEAUTIFUL!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm (5 months ago)

      You are the best commenter ever :) Thanks so much Kelly! xo Kristin

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  30. Bethany @ Dwellings By DeVore
    December 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm (5 months ago)

    It looks amazing Kristin! Seriously so much prettiness in one space! It makes everything look so much brighter too!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Bethany…I didn’t think I’d say it for a few more years but now I want to paint the walls in the livingroom white or gray…geesh! xo Kristin

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  31. Christine at First Home Love Life
    December 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm (5 months ago)

    LOVE the tile choice and that Greek key overlay is AMAZING!!! It’s given such a breath of fresh air to your living room!!!!

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  32. annekemcconnell
    December 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm (5 months ago)

    It just looks SOOO good Kristin!!!! That is a lot of work and your planning paid off. It’s gorgeous!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks my friend! I feel like it is way fancier than we are but I love it!! xo Kristin

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  33. Emily Maldonado
    December 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm (5 months ago)

    Wow! What a transformation. That tile is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to hear all of the details!!

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  34. Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art
    December 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm (5 months ago)

    Such a beautiful transformation! I love it. I am really impressed with how the make-over incorporates the original hearth top and actually makes it look seamless with the new make-over. I love it!!!

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  35. Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    December 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm (5 months ago)

    Absolutely gorgeous, Kristin!!!! That greek key detail totally finishes it off – great idea!

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  36. Amber from WillsCasa.Com
    December 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm (5 months ago)

    Gorgeous!! Love the tile and the detailing around the mantel! It’s perfect and just in time for Christmas!

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  37. Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    December 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm (5 months ago)

    Absolutely stunning Kristin! Well worth all of your planning and hard work! What fun to have a fresh slate to decorate!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      December 4, 2013 at 7:32 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks my friend! It is so nice, I just can’t not stare at it when I’m in this room :) xo Kristin

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  38. Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside
    January 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm (4 months ago)

    Great job! I picked out a really similar marble tile from Home Depot to change out the surround in our living room. Thanks for sharing yours with us! This gives me an idea of what mine will look like!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      January 7, 2014 at 7:32 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much Tammy :) Good luck with your tiling project! xo Kristin

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  39. Sarah
    March 3, 2014 at 10:34 am (2 months ago)

    It’s hard to believe that is the same stone wall behind the mantel! A fabulous transformation Kristen!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      March 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks so much Sarah :) xo

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  40. Virginia @ LiveLoveDIY
    March 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm (1 month ago)

    OH my GOSH, Kristen, I’m having a moment. This has totally inspired me. My 1970′s fireplace is days away from getting a total overhaul and this has totally helped. Thanks so much for the inspiration, girl! You are so talented! xo

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  41. Ellen
    April 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm (3 weeks ago)

    What a GREAT job!! I’ve been looking for your page where you list how you put together the mantel, the materials & how you did it, etc. Can you please direct me to it? Thanks SO much & I really love your site!! -Ellen :)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      April 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks so much Ellen :) I haven’t posted the mantel tutorial yet. I need to get on that! xo Kristin

      Reply

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