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Cheyenne's Fireplace Transformation

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We just love when friends stop by to show us what they've created with their Plank & Mill reclaimed wood planks! Meet friend, and fellow reclaimed wood fan Cheyenne, from the Sense & Serendipity blog. You will love seeing how she transformed her fireplace and just in time for Halloween! Scroll all the way through to see her cute mantle decor. We're trick-or treating at your house this year, Cheyenne!

Plank & Mill Whitewash Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantel

Hey, y'all!

My name is Cheyenne and I blog about DIY, home decor and family life over at Sense & Serendipity. I am so happy to be joining you here at Plank & Mill today! I can't wait to share with you how we transformed our dated and boring fireplace wall into an amazing feature in our room using the incredible products by Plank & Mill! When we moved into our house, I knew I wanted to do something about our dated fireplace wall. There was nothing wrong with it, it was just very 1994. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it yet, especially because I'm limited by my husband's GIANT t.v. that lives on the wall above the mantle (ugh, men). But then I discovered Plank & Mill and I knew exactly what we were going to do to give our fireplace wall a bit of an update.

Plank & Mill Whitewash Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantel

First Things First

The first thing we did was remove all the mid-90's chic decorative trim. We used a straight razor to separate the paint of the trim from the wall behind it. Then we used a tool to shimmy behind the trim and pried it away from the wall. As soon as we were able to fit a few fingers under the piece of trim, we gently pulled each piece out of the wall.

Next Up

We then peeled off any leftover paint and scraped away any rough spots. Then, I dusted the wall with a microfiber cloth to make sure it was clean and ready for the planks. Next, I busted open my box of peel-and-stick whitewashed wood planks. I chose the whitewashed wood because it reminded me a bit of shiplap and it is beautiful!


This product is so amazing: it is real wood, cut very thin, with super sticky adhesive strips on the back. The planks are so lightweight, but completely sturdy.  We followed the instructions on the box and got started applying the planks to the wall above our fireplace mantel. The process of measuring, cutting and applying the planks was extremely easy and we were able to get the whole project done in a few hours!  We were so impressed by how easy these planks were to install and the finished project makes such a huge impact in our room! My husband was also impressed with this Plank & Mill product and he asked where else we might be able to use it! When my skeptic of a husband approves of a product, I know it's a keeper!

Plank & Mill Whitewash Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantel

We love our feature wall so much now and I am so excited to decorate our mantel and show it off. I've already had so much fun decorating for fall.

Plank & Mill Whitewash Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantel

I used greenery, old books, weathered candlesticks and smaller brass candlestick, sprinkled with gray, blue, and white pumpkins to create my fall mantel.

Plank & Mill Whitewash Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantel

Recently, I decorated the mantel for Halloween. I just added a few spooky birds houses, black birds, spiders and silly little ghosts my kids insisted on adding. I just love decorating my mantel now.

Plank & Mill Whitewash Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Mantel

Our wood plank wall makes such a huge difference in our room that I want to highlight it! I can't wait to decorate for Christmas! What do you think of our wall? I can't get over how much better it looks and what a statement it makes. Thanks, Plank & Mill, for helping us transform our living room and making the process as easy as possible!

Thanks Cheyenne!

I love helping people like Cheyenne live in spaces they love. Our simple peel-and-stick install makes it possible whether this is your 1st or 50th DIY project.   Why live with boring walls any longer? Check out our amazing reclaimed wood plank options in our shop and stay tuned for some new products launching soon that you are going to L-O-V-E.

Your Turn  

Check out our raw reclaimed wood peel and stick planks. They are a DIYer’s dream!  If you’re not quite able to envision them in your space, click here to claim your free sample pack! We’ll send you samples of our raw and whitewash reclaimed wood planks in both our 5” width and 3 ½” width styles.

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Happy planking! - Cassie



Update: We are so saddened to share with you, that while in the middle of working on this blog post, Cheyenne lost her husband unexpectedly, leaving behind herself and her two children.  
Cheyenne, we are thinking of you and your sweet kiddos today. Thank you for the inspiring work you do in making home a beautiful place for family to thrive. Your husband would be so proud.

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