Monday, September 30, 2013

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!) for $100 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.


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