A friend gave me this carved wooden trim. She got it from an old church, and had it for 20 years without using it. When she visited me and saw the new hearth room, she thought the trim would be perfect in there and I think she was right!
My son tore down the trim the builder had put up when the room was done, then he hung the primed carved pieces (they'd started out gold).
I should have repainted the pieces completely, but I thought they might get messed up while being hung. They didn't, so I could've saved saved some trouble by doing it ahead of time. Oh well. The areas where the previous wood strips was had to be repainted anyway. And the painter who worked for the contractor when we built the room did a slightly crappy job of painting the old corbel, so while I had a ladder I wanted to redo that too.
Plus, the smoke detector had bothered me. It was white, but looked gray against the pure white color of the walls. So I used the opportunity to dry brush it to match.
Looks better doesn't it? It felt good to have a ladder that reached the peak of the 15' ceiling, because that smoke detector had bugged me for a year.
And I LOVE my new trim.
And thanks, Adam, for hanging it.