Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mantel Planks

Since we did the fireplace on Sunday and it went rather quickly I thought that while I had a few seconds I would show you how it came out. I want to thank you for all your visits and comments about my family room redo and hopefully I am not boring you with this project and hopefully I will show you the ENTIRE room one day! :)

Anyway, I have always loved the plank walls that I see in old cottages and homes and even faked one in my kitchen that you can see here if you have a minute.
Knowing that hubby was not up to doing another wall again, especially after putting in the floors and everything else that he has been so graciously helping me with, I decided that just a partial plank wall will do, and what better spot for one than over the fireplace.



It was pretty easy to do, well, it looked pretty easy to do since I observed most of the time.
We, or he, just cut the boards to length, trimmed the top and bottom boards so they looked even and then nailed them up!
I then slapped on some leftover paint and hung up my treasures.

I love how it turned out and it adds another, what I feel, beachy texture to the room and makes the fireplace seem a bit more interesting.

The 'old' fishing net I got at TJ Maxx along with the bigger sand bird.
The starfish and beach grass I shopped from the house.

But see the little sand bird?

Isn't he cute?!
My friend Anita from Going A Little Coastal asked me were I had picked up the larger bird. I told her where and mentioned that it would have been great if they had different sizes.
being the sweet gal that she is, when she picked up her sand bird she told me that there were indeed different sizes and brought home this little guy to send to me!!! :)

I love him!

She also sent me this amazing smelling candle that smells like the sea!!

Thank you SO much again Anita, he is perfect with his big brother!!! :)

This week in between taxing the kids around I am tackling this mess!

This would be our bonus room or grave yard of all things not needed at the time.
My goal is to make it a tropical sitting room for the kids.


I will be back Thursday to join the adorable Sarah from Modern Country Style and her
DEFINE YOUR BLOG linky party!

Click on the bottom above to find out what it is all about!




Arabella said...

You've certainly done it again, Michelle! It turned out fabulous...as always. What a simple (somewhat) and adorable beach cottage design idea. The fishing net and birds are perfect additions. What a sweetie, Anita is :O)

Looking forward to Tropical room for the kids - good luck. Hugs, M.

Sherry Hicks said...

Your transformations are always exciting never boring I love the texture that this add to your mantle, and the Birds are adorable!!


Cassie Bustamante said...

i absolutely love that look, michelle! it looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

The planks combined with beach grass and the other coastal elements just work so well together. So glad the big guy got a little buddy! Oh, and as for you dear hubby doing the hard yards, someone has to be site supervisor. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with a tropical theme. It's still a beach theme but just different to what you've done before. Mango smoothie anyone?


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The planks above the fireplace look so good! It adds such character! Your fireplace looks wonderful!!

Tanya said...

I just love this! Actually, I love your whole blog. Mandi @ Vintage Revivals http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com is having a Bloggy Crush Linky Party & I did a post on how you are my blog crush =) Come on over to my blog and check it out http://johnsonfamily23.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-blog-crush-michelle-emerald-cove-so.html
then head over to Mandi's blog and link up if you'd like! Thanks for all the inspiration...Just love everything you do!

the fishermans cottage said...

Looks great, love all the different textures going on and the wall planks are just the right touch x

Robin Johnson said...

WOW! I love the look and how it dresses up the space. Now I wish I had a mantel area to give it a try for myself. Well done girl!

Val said...


Kindra-At Home With K said...

Wow! That little change added so much to the mantel! I love the mantel decor as well. Now I'm anxious to see the bonus room AFTER. You'll have it done by tomorrow right? :)

Desire Empire said...

Hi Michelle
I absolutely love it. I'm totally into boards as they are so beachy. Your husband sounds like a trooper.
Best Carolyn

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I just love all the beachy loveliness you put into your house, Michelle. Your life must feel like one long, gorgeous seaside holiday!!

Thank you so much for mentioning my Define Your Blog link party. You are such a lovely bloggy friend to me.


Amy Kinser said...

My friend, this is beautiful. Can I come and vacation in your home?

Anonymous said...

pssshhhh... Like I ever get tired of looking at pictures of your house :) You just added a ton of character with those boards. It looks amazing!!! I feel like I'm on an extended beach vacation when I look at your home. Just beautiful my friend!
Happy Tuesday! XO

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I love the planks. They add so much interest!

Good luck with the tropical retreat. Cannot wait to see it!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Oh my adorable. What a great idea. I love planks too. it looks so beachy chic now. As I said before never underestimate paint and the color white. You go girl.

At The Picket Fence said...

Michelle! This is absolutely beautiful and just perfect for the cove! :-) The details add so much character and charm to the space. Great job!

NanaDiana said...

Your fireplace wall is amazing. It makes the whole place look beachy! LOVE IT..and your sandpipers are amazing. That is one of the things I missed when we moved here from FL...the sandpipers!

Your bonus room looks wonderful (ok-I lied - it looks awful- but it WILL look great because I have FAITH in you!) Great post! xxoo Diana

Rose West said...

Love it - so beachy! That's something I miss here in Hawaii - no fireplaces! Not that we need it here though ;)

beachcomber said...

love the simple, beachy style!!
cheryl x

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Amazing how a few boards can do so much. Anita is great isn't she? Those birds look good together. I am loving the feel of your home. It makes me smile.

dedeetsyshop said...

Looks soo good! What a great idea!

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

Love, love, love the planks!! So cute & very beachy!! Can't wait to see what you do with that bonus room!! I'm sure it will be beautiful just like the rest of your home!!

Finding Home said...

Looks so great Michelle, as always you blow me away. Oh, and I linked up your site to Vintage Revivals Blog Crush link party. Of course, after I did it, I realized that you were already there. Are you feeling crushed on today! Take care my friend!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Those planks really define that fireplace space! It looks fantastic! Good for you and the hubby!

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

Your mantel turned out gorgeous Michelle!;) I really LOVE it! Hugs,Rachel

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Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle, I love the way your mantel turned out! It looks fabulous. I love the way you decorated it too.


Deborah said...

Love those planks! They are grogeous hunny!
You brought even more beauty to your fireplace mantel...
Those sand birds are so cute and look perfect together!So coastal ...xo
Thinking of you today with roller in hand :)
Love you!

Deborah xoxoxoxo

Debbie said...

Wooohooo! that plank wall is soooo beachy! and all of your added touches make it all perfect!
Great job to you and your hubby!!

Completely Coastal said...

You're a true fireplace transformer!! Sure know how to make them beachy!! And it wouldn't be complete without the little guy!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh you are so very welcome! He looks great with the big guy. But you know, your big guy is bigger then the one I found. So I guess there are 3 sizes out there. And the net? I love that! I can't believe that you found it at TJ's. It really looks old. The plank wall was genius. I need to find a spot somewhere to do this. Looks fantastic! I just took some shots of my two so I'll put them up in a bit. :)

Kirsty Girl said...

Gorgeous Michelle! So pretty and white! Absolutely stunning!

Anne said...

Michelle, it looks GREAT! What a difference, and the simple clean lines of the net, bird,and plant are perfect with it. How fun!!

Krista@RustikChic said...

Wow...what a difference! Such a great idea. I love the plank look as well and it looks great over your fireplace! Love it:)

Low Tide High Style said...

I love how it turned out Michelle! And how sweet of Anita to send you the matching bird and a sea scented candle! I have a set of 3 of those same cute birds and I love them! And your bonus room made me laugh, it's way neater than my garage...which is my dumping ground!

Kat :)

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

gorgeous! can't wait to see what you do on your next project! hugs, cathy

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Hi Michelle ~
is it too late to get on this board wall bandwagon? Cause I love it. Really. I want to do it. But I'm stashing back some pallets to do mine... cause I'm just not going to spend the money on new wood...you know?
Your's looks so good. I love the dining room area-- but I really love THIS OVER THE FIREPLACE!!!

also-- HOW ABOUT that Tropical Sitting room? I think it will look so good when your done... cause your soo soo talented.
What I really appreciate is the raw honesty of the room ....now! I thought I was the only person crazy enough to show my messy rooms!

Love ya for that!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Michelle
Wow.. this is incredible. I love plank walls too.. and especially wide [as is floors also]... You know I think I like this as a feature rather than a complete wall.. well done hubby.. where can I get me one of them? haha

love the net thingy hanging above the fireplace [sorry 'net thingy' is the best I can come up with.. brain is on the blink today]

OK.. have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good heavens, I am so late...but to see the progress here, to see the hard work you have put into this place is an inspiration. Knowing how much work and energy this takes, I so appreciate and FEEL what you are going through!!! But I have no kids to cart around, but having a full-time teaching job just may compare in fatigue! Oh dearest Michelle, your beach dwelling is looking so breezy and perfect!!!! EVERYTHING IS JUST RIGHT!!!! HAVE FUN, Anita

High Street Cottage said...

Michelle, I love the planks, and have never seen that done, you're so clever! It does add a Beachy texture too. The birds are darling. You home is so gorgeous, and so inspiring. It's good to see your "graveyard of all things not needed" hehe, although, I still think you're perfect. I'm sure it will look as amazing as the other rooms when you're finished. Our graveyard is found in our office.

Shellbelle said...

As you know I've been MIA while I was getting my shop open, so I came by and had to look back over everything I missed here. Then after I went in the kitchen to get a towel to clean up the drool on my desk, I'm finally able to comment.

Well honey, I just adore everything you've done! You have such a knack for creating an inviting, relaxing ambience in your home. I saw your birds at Anita's, loved that her son calls them "birds on sticks!" I have a similar set and they just make me smile.

The plank boards above your fireplace are the perfect touch and what you did with your eating area is so pretty. I love the photos of the breeze catching your curtains, oh heck, I just love it all! Between your decorating touch and Maya finding all those goodies she puts on her blog, I could just be in beach cottage heaven!


Anonymous said...

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Tricia said...

I love your mantle Michelle...those planks are such a good look, they add some nice texture. I see everyone doing all plank walls and I want one too!

Anita is such a sweetie, isn't she? How nice of her to help you out with your decorating :)


Kelle Dame said...

I do love it's beach-y/cottage effect!! I am always tempted to do something similar for a more cottage-y feel. Way to pull it off!
I feel your "grave yard" room pain! That would be my entire basement!!
Can't wait to see what you do with it :)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh my Michelle...I just love it!!! Love the fishing net...I want to find some nautical or boat treasures for the summer for here and at our trailer for my fisherman!

Send me some energy...I need some!

koralee said...

you are one busy lady...no stopping you now!

What a grand idea....and boy does it make a difference. I am so going to remember this my friend. I think MAYBE...just maybe my husgand could do this. hugs. xoxo

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

Love it! Where do you get the energy? I need some...

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Michelle, I am amazed that adding a few boards above your fireplace could improve it so much! You have a wonderful eye for design! Your room looks like a perfect beach cottage now. I love it!


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That is truly awesome! Talking about taking it up a notch! This really perfects the coastal look!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

I love the planks that you added to the mantel! and the mantel decorations are just gorgeous!!!

I think we all have one room or closet in our house that looks like that. Good luck :D

Seaside Style said...

Hey Girl! I am finally getting over too you! It looks soo amazing! You have done it again. You have done a superb job on everything! I feel so out of the loop in the last month, but as soon as hubby gets sprung from the hospital I will be "in" once again!

Linda xoxo

Erin said...

LOVE this Michelle!!! I would love to vacation(or live!!!) at your home:)

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