Repurposed Fall Mantel

October 24, 2010 16 Comments by Sharyl@Thelittlebrownhouse
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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:

Welcome

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:

Coffee Wreath

Black and White Transfer

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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16 Comments

  1. Christine
    1408 days ago

    Great job! Very warm and inviting and definitely fallish!…Christine

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  2. Kelsie
    1407 days ago

    Looks lovely and I admire your persistence…I am still trying to work out my living room decor after living in the house for 6months…I think I am still suffering decision burnout from building it lol….Your home is very inspiring.

    Kelsie

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  3. The Lumberjack's Wife
    1407 days ago

    Love the berries-where did you get them. I think you should have your husband guest post! :)

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  4. Paula
    1407 days ago

    Love it! You did a fantastic job. The fall leaves added just the right touch. Can’t wait to see what you do with Christmas.

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  5. Carolyn
    1407 days ago

    You sure have a knack! Looks awesome!! I need a mantel re-do, because mine hasn’t been touched (except for dusting which doesn’t happen often let me tell you) in several years!

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  6. Marilyn Holeman
    1407 days ago

    The leaves and berries are just the right touch. Lovely! And wonderful old books!

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  7. Heather
    1407 days ago

    Beautiful mantle, you did a great job! I also like to take tree cuttings and use them as decor in the house. Free is fabulous!

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  8. Amy
    1407 days ago

    Very pretty mantel. I love that you used the decorations that God gave you. Fall leaves are extraordinary.

    Partying with you tonight.

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  9. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home
    1407 days ago

    The colors look great, Sharyl. Wow, you had quite the collection of items to work with.

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  10. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    1406 days ago

    I love your Fall mantel! The wreath, candlesticks, plate…everything is beautiful.
    I am glad to find another none minimalist.
    xo, Sherry

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  11. Kim
    1405 days ago

    Love the mantel!

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  12. Tracey
    1405 days ago

    Good job on your mantel! I think it looks very festive! I can never decide what to put on mine and what to take off!

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  13. Stephanie Lynn
    1404 days ago

    Fabulous mantel – I love the simplicity. The added fall leaves are divine! I featured this on the Sunday Showcase post. Stop by and grab a button if you like. Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  14. Karie Jackson
    1404 days ago

    I love the mantel. I think it is very well decorated. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Becca @ Adventures in Decorating
    1399 days ago

    This is absolutely LOVELY. I’m a huge fan of layering, and you’ve done it so well on your beautiful mantel. All of the pieces you’ve chosen to incorporate are so, so pretty! *Becca*

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  16. Gloria
    1399 days ago

    I love it! Simple and with just the right amount of touch of fall.

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