Y’all don’t even know how transformed this fireplace is from just a couple months ago. W painted it white & my brother-in-law MM and I hung the mantel. First picture is after & second is before.

A brick fireplace painted white, a wide dark mantel hangs on the fireplace. Cream, red, and green Christmas stockings hang from the mantel. Greenery sits on the mantel with white candles spread through it. Above all this hangs a print of a painting of a red wooden building with a sign reading 'Catsburg' and a silhouette of a cat A brick fireplace, red brick painted over in places with cream paint.

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