When one of our colleagues came to us with a confession--that she was ashamed of her '90s-feeling metallic-framed fireplace--we knew exactly who to enlist for a rescue mission: Erica Domesek, the doyenne of inventive DIY craft site, who reminds us of a stylish MacGyver. "I came across a picture of Alexander McQueen's London store and fawned over the textured baroque mantel," Domesek says of the inspiration behind her high-drama low-difficulty solution. Like what you see? Here's how to get this look.
|1 Grand Tuscan Frieze Moulding, $42 each,||1 Egg & Dart Crown Moulding, $27 each,||2 Rococo Frieze Moldings, $18 each,|
|13 Embossed Wood Carvings, from $2 each,||Permanent Adhesive Bond, $3,||Wood Screws, $4,|
|Electric Screwdriver, $30,||White Interior Flat Paint, $24,||Trim Brush, $10,|
|Trim Tray, $2,|
|1. PLACE IT
Measure your fireplace, then set the moldings on the floor to mirror the frame. Arrange the on the moldings--layer more for textural interest.
2. PAINT IT
Use a and coat each wooden piece with a thin layer of . Keep your surfaces clean with a and fabric sheet. Let each piece dry completely.
3. GLUE IT
Apply a dab of to the back of each carving and glue onto the moulding. Leave on a flat surface for 24 hours to dry before securing onto the fireplace.
4. SCREW IT
Use and an to drill each panel of embellished moulding around your fireplace. Cover the screw heads with a touch of paint so that they blend into the fireplace.