Updating old fireplace mantel
Fill the screw holes with wood filler, let dry, sand and then paint to match the mantel.
Hilary sets her sights on helping a couple -- with new baby on the way -- upgrade and update a century-old farmhouse that's part of a family legacy.
Music teacher Marty and his wife Shannan had been living happily in a standard new-build suburban neighborhood but, when Marty inherited this 115-year-old home from his grandmother, the couple quit their old jobs and moved to the country.
We attached the molding with wood screws, covered the holes, then sanded and painted the entire mantel. Find the studs in the wall, they should be just at the edge of the fireplace.Toe-nail the screws into the mantel through the wall.Homeowners Marty and Shannan (on right) pose for a pic outside their country home with Love It or List It hosts Hilary Farr and David Visentin.The house is in a beautiful, wooded spot and features acreage and the old barn seen here, but the house itself was showing its age both structurally and aesthetically.
This now bright and welcoming living space was, prior to the renovation, drab and unspectacular.
With some substantial modifications, Hilary helped the homeowners see this once distressed country home in a new light.