Monday, January 11, 2010

A Little Tromp-L'oeil

I am joining Kim this week to show a project I actually did years ago!! I still really love it. Thank you Kim for hosting this crafting party. I have found the most ingenious crafters through this site!!! Please go to Kim's blog and see what I mean!

This is the mantle that we put in the library. The mantle itself is an antique; it had been pulled out of an old house. I love the flaked aqua paint color.

Now it's the fireplace middle that I'm posting about. Just putting a mantle against a wall just doesn't do it. You have to give it some depth.

I got a large piece of plywood and painted it black. I then laid the mantle down and drew around the opening so I would know where to paint the stones.

I splattered some black and white paint in a tray and then got a 4 inch roller and rolled it back and forth a few times in the paint till I got the desired effect. Each time I would roll a "stone" it looked different. After I got the "stones" painted, I took a small brush, going around the inside edges with black paint to round them and make them a little more real looking.

So here it is, still sitting in the same spot as we put it when we moved into this house. It just seems to fit here. A fireplace where there wasn't one.
Have a wonderful Tuesday all you crafty people out there!


  1. Wow! you had me fooled. I thought that was a real fireplace until I started reading how you did it.

  2. Me too. I totally didn't know until you said something. Well done Shirley.

  3. wow!!!

    That is great!

    Awesome,me idea and wonderful job painting it


    barbara jean

  4. That looks amazing - a real eye-fooler!

  5. Loving Kenny Loggins and loving the fireplace! You are a clever mama!
    You go girl!


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