mantle ideas

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

The greatest part of my faux fireplace is that I could take it with me when I moved into the new rental! It's the first thing you see when you walk into the house, so I wanted it to look awesome. With the rush of moving in, though, it's looked like this:

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

It's not awful, but it's not great. The embroidery hoop collage was relocated above the couch at the new house, and I wanted to tie in all of the bright colors. I was scared to make such a big change, but it was time to add color to the mantle. Instead of a boring brown, I spray painted the frame "Seaside" by Rustoleum. 

When I put the frame back on the mantle, it was way too bright, so I distressed the frame with a sanding block and then glazed it with Martha Stewart's Muscovado metallic glaze. I don't like what Martha said about bloggers, but the woman makes an awesome and affordable glaze ($4-$5). 

The glaze just took it over the top and I got so giddy about the result! It brought out all of the details of the frame and toned down the color. Perfection!

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

It's still a work in progress, but here's the mantle now:

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

I grabbed my "custom" mason jar candles, books, and a few other accessories. I got the typewriter art from my Mom for my birthday -- it's oh so adorable and from Ikea! All of the other accessories are from thrift stores or garage sales.

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!



Here's a side by side before and after:

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!
Even though the next picture is a grainy iPhone picture, I wanted to show the rest of the room so you can see how it ties everything together. The panoramic feature on my iPhone is fun!

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

What do you think?! Do you like the transformation so far?

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Mantle Ideas: My New Faux Fireplace!

A few days ago, this is what you would see as soon as you walked through our front door:

It's not hideous, but it's very "college." I was ready for something more grown-up and I convinced my rommie, Crystal, that she needed something more grown-up too ;-)

I see tons of mantles at the antique store that I work at and they got me thinking... I

need

a mantle.

I'm awful at drawing, but I want you to realize just how much my vision became a reality... but better! I scoured Craigslist and found a faux fireplace (even better than a mantle!) from a lady that lived literally 5 minutes away. Normally I wouldn't pay that much for anything, but I had a vision and I couldn't get it out of my head. 

Here's how the space looks now:

Squeel!!!!

I love it!

I propped up four small shutters on the top of the mantle and added my

sheet music tree

:

a ceramic bird and scrabble letters that say "fall":

a free picture frame that I painted "Colonial Red" by

Rustoleum

and pine cones:

books and a

paper pumpkin

:

And my favorite part, the mustard DIY fall letters (a tutorial for these can be found on

Crafting a Green World

):

Isn't it just.. lovely?

And so adult-like! I almost felt guilty working on something for my home rather than a piece for

my craft booth

, but it feels so wonderful to create decor that I can enjoy!

Every time I've walked by it today, I yell "I love our fireplace!!"... yes, really.

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- 

Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T

Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice

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Bedazzle Me Monday @ Everything Under the Moon

Make It Monday at Brassy Apple

What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack

Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna

Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple

Life Made Lovely Monday at Life Made Lovely

Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle

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 Tuesday--  

Tute Tuesdays at A Law Student's Journey

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm;

Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.

Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife

Naturally-Nifty Linky Party at Natural Nesters

Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner

;

 Wednesday-- 

Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans

Link Party at Passionately Artistic

Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

;

 Thursday--

Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity

Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside

Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths

Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage

Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack

;

 Friday-- 

Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life

Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic

A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties

Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge

Freestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects;

Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Simply Creations Friday at My Simple Home Life

Fabulous Friday at Ohh Baby Designs

Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now

Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest

Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife

;

Link Up with Me, Liz Marie

Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed

 Saturday-- 

Show Off Saturday at Nutmeg Place

Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter

Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting

Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special

;

Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands

;

Share Your Creativity at It's Overflowing

Sunday-- 

Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time

So Creative Party Time at So Very Creative

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop at Homemaker on a Dime

Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming

Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes

Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper

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