It's sooo exciting!
Then we taped up an outline of a mantel to see where the studs were and height we wanted, etc. This covered this wall for 2 weeks. 2 weeks of a taped mantel outline.
Then I got tired of waiting and decided to do the chalkboard paint and let the kids have at it. Why not? At least now it's functional. And something a little bit more to look at.
Then Friday night, 2 nights before the birthday party, the real visual work began...
Then Saturday night the exciting work began... The actual mantel part was going up!
Isn't my dad awesome? There was a lot of behind the scenes work for this baby to get up. Lots of planning, cutting, sanding, and then I did 2 coats of paint while dad worked on the mantel part which was a lot more cutting and sanding. Then I had to do 2-3 coats of paint on that plus drying time in between.
Phew.. I'm exhausted typing that!
But the final product was completely worth it. Don't you think?