My sister has been wanting to change her wood mantle shelf for a while now, and I was all about helping her out!
Here's a before of her mantle.
We cleaned the mantle, deglossed it, and sanded it before we started to sand. If you need more detailed directions, you can check it out here.
And here's the after:
And here is the overall look! Makes it look more modern and updated. And it also let's the bricks pop on their own. I think it turned out great!