Simple Spring Mantel
I have finally decorated my mantel for spring.
It hasn’t felt much like spring around here yet, but the calendar insists that it is.
One of the reasons I was reluctant to change the mantel up is how much I
loved my winter mantel.. I could probably have lived with it all year.
It has to be one of my to-date mantel favorites..
But.. I gave in to peer pressure:-)
Seems like everyone else has “springed” up their mantel by now.
Who knew there was Mantel Etiquette?
So – a week or so ago I took everything down and started playing.
I decided to ‘shop the house’ as we are trying to watch our spending right now.
I wanted a kind of ‘junky’ look – so I started with my vintage map window.
I liked the idea, but wasn’t completely happy yet.
I put those little green shutters up there, I loved the look of the shutters,
but hated the color up against the blue/grey paint on the wall.
So – of course I took them down and slapped some chalk paint on them!
I added my antique scale and some old books
I switched out the map window with a flower filled window I
got years ago – I was much happier.
The books made me think of a sign that I had made for my family room.
I used an old cabinet door (of course) and put vinyl lettering on it –
trying to make it look like an old bookstore sign.
I liked the sign up there, but felt it needed something behind it to
balance with the other side of the mantel.
I used an old wooden serving tray – but it wasn’t quite right.
It still needed something.
So I took an old book
(cover your eyes for this if you think everything old is sacred..)
and tore some of the back pages out of it…....(cue dramatic music) *gasp!*
Then I just taped some of the pages to the bottom of the tray.
I like it..
In keeping with the ‘book’ theme I put a shabby white book-end on
the other side of the mantel along with a silk hydrangea bloom.
It is not my fanciest mantel ever – and it doesn’t have any huge statement piece or craft item.
But it is simple and pleasing, and it was free!
It is bright and springy looking –
I would really like to add some live flowers to it, but have not
done so yet. I think a little more color might be good.
Sorry for the blown out picture – it was our 10 minute dose of sunshine that day!
Well, there it is.. my spring mantel.
I am hoping it will oversee many family game nights at our old table.
And I guess that is what makes me like it the most –
It is comfortable and doesn’t feel to ‘decorated’
We feel comfortable putting our coffee mugs up on it while we play
board games there. It helps give that lived-in old beachy feel..
And that is what I am hoping for – a laid back spring that is comfortable
and full of time with family, relaxing, reading, games, and coffee…
Sounds nice huh?