Repurposed Fall Mantel
I love the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose.
So when I finally decided to “fall” up my mantel,
I decided I would just use things I already had on hand.
This was a great idea that caused me much stress..
This was how my living room looked Thursday evening.. at about 5:05 as a matter of fact.
I also love the term minimalism.. it is not a term that applies to much of my life. Unless you
count exercise… I tried many combinations of the above items, and found myself very
unsatisfied with the results. Minimalism… I just don’t know how to live it..
Here is the before of my mantel – I had started on it by putting some
of my white dishes on it – trying to get a softer look –
Then I decided to just take everything off and start from scratch.
Here is my poor empty mantel – See the nice electrical outlet in the middle of the wall?
That so dates my house. Well, that and the horrid faux paneling on the wall behind the
fireplace. We haven’t gotten to redoing that yet… we have only been in the house 20 years after all – sheesh.
I couldn’t seem to find anything I was happy with. I ended up with the one on the
far right, but didn’t feel as if it screamed fall..
So I put it all aside and worked on my front door –
you can see it here:
I took a fresh look at the mantel on Saturday.
I looked around, trying to find something that had some color
and said “Fall”. As I stood in my living room, I looked out my front window.
Hmmm, if only there was something…. something “fallish”…..
Oh yeah! That is my favorite tree – that tree and I go way back. 20 years in fact.
When we bought this house there was a maple sapling growing amongst our
apple and pear tree’s. I had my husband transplant it out front. It was under 6 feet tall at the time.
It has grown a bit..
By the way – my husband works for Mr. Rooter… I just thought you should know.
So, I asked my husband to go out and cut me off a couple of branches.
He seriously thinks I am nuts… and… occasionally he is correct..
I realize that these leaves will dry up, but I still love the look of them –
and it feels good to use something from nature, that didn’t cost me a thing.
Besides – you know I will change it up again for Christmas, right?
So here is the mantel. I am happy with it. It makes my heart glad, and somehow, fallish..
I like the fact that I was able to keep it fairly neutral, but still bring in some colors from nature.
I enjoyed placing some things on it that I made myself –
If you are interested in how I made the wreath or the plate with the birdcage -go here:
I love the fact that the clock hides the ugly outlet….
I am seriously in love with these red berries, and how they go with the leaves.
And what can I say about the books..
My Mom has recently given me a couple of boxes of antique books.
I am so in love with them! I loved fitting them in here – it made me think of
sipping tea by the fire and reading a book – with the autumn leaves falling outside the window.
Some of my favorite things, that I already had, that combine to give both meaning
and beauty. Now that, is a good thing…
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