True Mantle Confessions:
Builder-white walls. Can't paint because I rent and don't want to invest in painting 20 foot high walls that don't belong to me. Also, am lazy.
White fireplace. See above.
White mirror. Scared to commit to another color... but ready for a change.
Cream scrolly iron candlesticks. Disappear into wall color, time to paint.
Gold-y candlesticks. Yawn. Need new paint.
Red candles. Never burned. Also yawn. Wrap in pretty paper maybe?
Red votive holders. (One somehow moved to wrong side of clock, grrr.) Glow prettily when lit, but kinda bored with them. Re-vamp?
Valentine's heart decorations. Oh, so lazy! Take them down!
Little blue birdy. LOVE! Keep in new mantle-scape!
Grandma's antique clock. LOVE! MUST stay where it is.
Almost perfectly symmetrical set-up. Yuck. I want excitement, and this is not it.
The bottom of the fireplace... hmmm. I love the screen, the fireplace itself isn't working right now, so I light the tealights in the fireplace screen instead (pretty!). Definite keep. Fireplace tools are clearly not needed, but I like pretending. The little basket holds scented pine cones, but I think I can do better.
Spend as little money as possible.
Repurposing and re-vamping are a must.
Use what I have on hand: books, paper, paint, decorations that have no home
Think I can do it?
I'll share my progress with you here- I plan to start playing with elements today. Spray painting and rummaging through my house are on the immediate agenda! I can't wait to show you what I come up with!
Have you re-made a mantel lately? Have one you CANNOT STAND like I do? I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment, and if you've blogged about it, link it baby!
And, as always, I'm happy for any tips you lovelies wish to share. Trust me, I need the help.