When the Hunnie and I moved into the condo, this is what the cute little fireplace area looked like. I enjoyed it, I really did.....but it was a little small to set anything on. So, I got an idea to change it!
I had the Hunnie measure it, and we once again ran to the Home Depot to get a piece of wood that would fit on the little ledge, but hang over enough so I could decorate!
Because all of our furniture accessories (tv stand, coffee and end tables) came from Ikea and were a beautiful brown with a nice black glaze on top, I had to figure out a way to make the wood piece we had cut match what was in our living room already!
So, I basecoated the wood piece Folk Art Dark Brown, and let it dry and season a bit before I went on to my next step.
I used a palette knife to add quite a bit of Folk Art Glazing Medium to Licorice acrylic paint. I mixed it well......
and brushed it over the Dark Brown color quickly. I let it set up just a couple of minutes and wiped it with a soft, clean cloth. I went back after it was dry, and re-applied the glaze mixture where it had been rubbed a bit too much, or hadn't adhered the way I wanted it to.
The Hunnie attached it to the little mantel ledge with large screws for me.
And this is what I ended up with when it was finished! I'm so happy with how it all turned out. I can set some candles on the mantel now without worrying that the man upstairs will walk too hard and they will fall on the floor causing probable disaster! I'm a worrier, what can I say? What do you think? Easy project to do, and easy to remove when the Hunnie and I find another place that we can make our own.