This corner fireplace has been a challenge to deal with.

Here’s how it looked when we moved in.  It has a yellowy fake marble surround and a tiny piece of weak, glued on scroll work.

I had that carved wooden piece for years, I bought it from TJ Maxx for $13 so I nailed it up there.  And last year I told you about how I applied stick on chalkboard paper to the surround. I still love it.  But, the “bricks” were looking sad so I got out my chalk markers and redrew them.  I want it to be a little imperfect and quirky.

We’ve had the chalkboard peely sheet things up for a year now and they have behaved just fine.  And we used the fireplace many times last winter.  If you are renting or don’t want to mess up the current surround you have but want a change, this peel and stick chalkboard vinyl is a great solution. Just make sure it’s not too close to your firebox.  If you have some awful material there and you own your house, you could just paint it.

Here’s the google search for chalkboard vinyls. Wall Candy Arts sent me some last year for free and I noticed the price seemed high but, the quality is great and they were easy to cut and reposition.

I hope to get my mantel looking a little more like fall.  You too?  Want some motivation?  How about a fall mantel link up party next Wednesday, September 8th.  Is that too early?