Welcome to the February installment of our Cozy Living Series! In case you’re new, let me tell you that the first Saturday of each month a few of my friends and I share something that creates comfort and coziness in our lives. Think of it as the American version of Danish Hygge. I’ve been trying to add a bit of depth and layers to rooms in our house and recently decided to create a cozy painted mantel in a beautiful shade of gray.
In addition to painting the mantel which was previously white, we added a little more bulk to it. Hubby took the mantel off the wall and added new side panels with the same type of grooved trim (found at Lowe’s) shown on the front of the mantel. Notice how the bottom of the new mantel trim had to be cut to fit against the existing baseboard. We didn’t want to remove the baseboard to re-install the mantel. It was much easier to cut the new trim on the mantel itself.
The mantel has more depth now that the new trim was added, and you can see where hubby had to add a piece of new trim to the top of the mantel. He added a thin board to the top of the mantel to give it a smoother link. The top of the mantel was a little rough. I had just started giving the white mantel its first coat of gray chalk paint in this picture.
My inspiration for a darker mantel came from fellow Cozy Living blogger Amanda at Sincerely, Marie Designs. I fell in love with her gray mantel decorated for fall. The paint color I chose is Atelier by Amy Howard.
You might recognize the ceramic village on my cozy painted mantel. I had them on display for my Christmas home tour but wasn’t ready to pack them up and put them away.
I went on the hunt for miniature houseplants to use as trees and bushes to create a new village scene.
In the process, I stumbled across this darling little clay pot. Since the house looks bare after the holidays, I like to cozy up my home with lots of houseplants. Hubby is starting to complain that the plants are taking over the house.
The bark wreath is staying up for a while too. I love it’s texture and and organic, earthy vibe. New gray baskets from HomeGoods add a bit more texture to this space in my sitting room (aka living room). Not to mention, the baskets create more storage space which is sorely needed in our century-old house.
My painted mantel takes on more cozy appeal at night because the ceramic houses have a spot to add tealights inside.
Our sitting room feels warm and magical to me in the early evening as the sun begins to set.
I’m so so happy that the mantel is painted a soft gray. Thanks to those of you who encouraged me to do this. The detail of the mantel shows up much better now.
Cozy Living – February
I do hope you’ll stop over to the other Cozy Living bloggers today! You’ll love what they’ve created for you to enjoy. A few of them are missing this month but they’ll be back soon.