When we moved into our new home this past October we knew we would eventually have to do something about “that mantel”.
Do you see how yellow it is?
So, the basement flooded over Thanksgiving when the water softener malfunctioned and pumped approx. 150 gallons of water straight onto the floor in the middle of the night during its regen cycle. Since we were going to have to replace all the flooring anyway, we decided this was the time to sand and re-stain the mantel to be “not yellow”.
After it was all sanded down to bare wood we applied a medium brown stain, and that made it so much worse!
Hmmm… I guess it’s a piece of pine and it’s full of sap which is why the middle won’t absorb any color and it looks polka dotted. Ugh. [insert minor freak out moment]
Well, we obviously have no idea what we’re doing. Any ideas!?!
My wonderful husband went back to Ace Hardware (the closest hardware store) to look for something… darker…? lighter…? more opaque…? How about white wash?
After the darker and more opaque stain didn’t work, we decided to try whitewash.
Hmmm…. Still not loving it folks.
As a last ditch, Hail Mary, effort we added an antique glaze I had purchased for another project I haven’t gotten around to yet.
We are looking forward to your comments on this one friends! Which color mantel looks best to you? What would you have done differently? I’m not gifted at decorating, what should I place on top of the mantel now?
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