Josephine found a home over the mantle. (last picture) This mantle was painted by a dear, life long friend of mine, now deceased, that rented this house about 10 years ago. I'd given some thought to painting the room and I'm leaning towards a old dark destressed red but I use a lot of red in my decorating so I'm still pondering on the color choice. I can't bring myself to paint over this mantle. I'd love some suggestions.