Up until a couple of days ago, my “mantle” looked like this:

Pitiful, I know–this late in spring, and it is still screaming wintertime with reindeer, evergreen trees, and a cranberry wreath. I decided it was time for some major “springification“! This room has always been full of red accents (which I love). But I decided to change things up with yellow and green (straw yellow and celery green craft paint to be specific). Here is what my “mantle” looks like as of about 9:30 last night:

Everything on the fireplace itself were things I already had lying around. I had a empty white frame and painted another one green with craft paint. I like the look of picture frames with no picture or glass in them. The tall spindle things are something I picked up 90% off at Hobby Lobby thinking I would cut them and use them as legs for my bathroom vanity (which is still my plan, so I’ll have to come up with something else for the mantle in a few weeks). The big K is something I picked up cheap (I don’t remember how cheap) right around the time we moved into our new home, thinking I’d hang it somewhere. Its been packed up with extra unused picture frames and candles that didn’t make the cut when we first decorated. I decided it was about time I pulled it out. And painted it yellow. The willow tree figurine only moved about an inch from where it has been all winter. I am pretty pleased with the “mantle” considering it was just a rearrangement of things I already had, but the part I REALLY like is this wreath:

I got the idea from Dana at MADE. She made a really great wreath out of acorns and spray-painted it all sorts of fun colors. I don’t know where to find acorns ’round these parts, so I brainstormed a bit about what else I could use: at first I thought puzzle pieces, but decided on lima beans. I didn’t realize until I went to find the link for you that lima beans are exactly what she suggested if you can’t get acorns. Someday maybe I will come up with my own good idea.

Leaning a ladder in the corner may look a little like garage storage…but I LOVE the height this cute old ladder gives and the fun way it allows us to hang a wreath here.

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This post is linked to:

DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

  1. Terri P. says:

    Your wreath looks fantastic! And I love the ladder. It definitely adds a unique and interesting aspect to your mantle area!

  2. Isabel says:

    I love everything about it, the wood burning stove, the wreaths, the letter K, the ladder, etc. It looks amazing!

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