The first thing I am going to show you is the before and after of my mantle. I have a large mantle - and two story ceilings. My mantle spent the better part of two years being a holding ground for toys that were taken away. I actually had to try to find a place to put said toys every year at Christmas. Sad, I know. My house is on the lease market now and potential leasees (leasors, leasers, what is the word?!?) don't find toy decorating particularly attractive. So, new mantle decor, here I come.
I wish I had a picture of the mantle with the toys all over it. It was a sight! Anyways, here it was the first go round:
As time went on (time = a couple months) I added different things in to it (no, don't ask, I don't have a picture - I WILL be better, promise!) but the major pieces stayed the same. White mirror, oval mirror (craigslist find), vintage red vase (handblown - gift from sister about, oh, 14 years ago), the green recycled glass tumblers turned tea light holders, and the orchids. I added in my grandmothers music box (can be seen in the next photo), some handmade dollar store candlesticks, and a clear ball jar with a bail I found in an 'antique' ie. junk store.
So, where is this going, you wonder? Last week my housekeeper accidentally dumped basically the entire mantle arrangement on the floor. The oval mirror (not the wood part), tea light holders, and handmade dollar candlesticks didn't make it. Everything else did! The music box (most important) and red vase (second most important) didn't even move! I was very thankful for those two things - both of those items are pretty special to me.
After all that was cleaned up I went on a mission to redecorate the mantle - WITHOUT spending a penny! Not such a big deal for me I have tons of
There you go, before and after! I've
Quick furniture before and after. Tacky white faux wicker craigslist find. This one was a beaut (ie. a LITTLE bit scary inside). And, it had fancy brass pulls and square corner thingeys too!
Now, it's good as new (and yes, that's fabric on top and braided fabric pulls):
Painted with chalk paint, waxed and topped with fabric (for the life of me I can't remember the name of the designer) and furniture modge podge. It's ready for a new home!
Last but not least, my newest trash pile find. Can anyone guess what it is? Tomorrow (ok, by Friday) I'll post new pictures of it and what exactly it is! Here's a hint: it's BIG. About 3-3.5 feet across and wooden.
Have a great day!