Monday, May 9, 2011

mantel makeover

I'm not the kind of person who decorates my mantel all the time for the seasons or holidays or whatever. I would like to be that kind of person but frankly I just don't have the time or energy to keep up with it all.  So, I decorate my mantel the way I like it and leave it all year.  I will change it out for Christmas but then I put it all back the way it was.  After this past Christmas, I decided I wanted a little change.  I put a few things back on the mantel but never finished it.  It sat unfinished and ugly for the last 4 months.  This weekend, I changed that, inspired by the mirrors I found in my last post.

Here's what it looked like before.  Really, it's just a few things stuck up there.  
I can't get a close up because it's probably really dusty.  
Yep, ugly and dusty was the mantel design we have lived with for the past 4 months.

Now, here's the new and improved and clean mantel.
I left the flag that's framed in an old window because I just love it. 

I added two of my new mirrors on the left side along with the box (that had the locks),
a smaller pine box, my little bowling pin and a plant in a pot that I painted and aged.

Oh I am loving those mirrors.

Chippy and lovely and imported from Scotland and cheap!
Since I got 6 mirrors and a bunch of other stuff this past weekend for $50, 
I figure these mirrors cost me on average of 5 bucks each.

They really brighten up the space.

I put one on the right side, kept my cool industrial red 3 and old exercise pins
and added the little wooden boxes that I showed you here.

I moved my father-in-laws old wooden tops to the mantel and added the
French binoculars I also found this weekend.  I actually think they are opera glasses.

I think it looks a heck of a lot better, don't you?  I may add some
more greenery to it with another plant or two 
but I like the simplicity and sort of symmetry of it.


  1. Wow...your mantle looks GREAT! And of course it would not be complete without a 3. I look forward to seeing you guys this weekend, however you will not be happy with me as I am not doing red! Oh well, we can at least chat. See you soon.

  2. The mirrors and bowling pin look great and give your mantel so much more life.

  3. Ooh I love it, Gina! No one has awesome stuff like you do. NO ONE.

  4. Wow, looks great! Makes me want to do mine over.

  5. LOVE the simplicity and the fun mix of "junk" you used. Looks great! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  6. Love the bowling pin!!! Nice mantel!

    Xo, Meme

    BTW, I am having a $100,000 giveaway! Ok, $100...;) Stop by and sign up!

  7. Those mirrors are great! You got such a good deal on them.

    I love what you've done with your mantel! All the things on it are fantastic on their own, but when you put them together it's really something special.

  8. Drooling here.........i especially love the bowling pins, and of course, those mirrors!!!~devon

  9. Love it! The mirrors, the pins, so great! My package arrived today. Wowsa, gorgeous! Thanks so much. I hope to take some photos soon.

  10. Wow! Looks great. Makes me wish I had a mantel along with my wood stove. Wonderful treasurers. I like the mirrors too... I think the mantel looks best when you like it the best.


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