How do I refinish a wood fireplace mantel?
I have a huge solid natural wood beam over my red brick fireplace. the fireplace takes up a whole wall. The beam has some water stains and the beauty of the natural wood has diminished with 40 years of age. I'm not sure how to update it. Should I sand and stain, or perhaps paint it. The brick has shades of red, dark browns, tan and grey. The grout is grey. I plan on repainting the walls a shade of grey with a white ceiling. How can I make the mantel pop?