This is a before picture of our home. The mantle was small and sad. So we thought to turn this ugly little eye sore into an asset. By building it up to the ceiling we were able to draw the eyes upward creating a sense of drama with a bit of history. I had seen a fire place in Scotland that I liked drew it out for my husband Jeremy who is my faux artisan. The walls are faux limestone. They give the room another texture for the senses. Jeremy is always saying life is to short for flat paint.