Fall Mantel at The Little Brown House
I promised my Facebook peeps I would put in a post this weekend -
And what better thing to post about in the midst of Fall than my Fall Mantel!
Of course – I am about a month to late to the Mantel Parties..
But then I like to make an entrance…
I have to say this mantel is one of my favorites so far…but of course
the one I have just done is always my favorite till I do the next one!
Now, if you know me – you know there is always a story behind everything I do.
This post’s story centers on that mirror in the above picture…
The quatrefoil mirror.
Quatrefoil: a panellike ornament composed of four lobes,divided by cusps, radiating from a common center.
Yep – thats what I thought it meant. I have learned so many new words
through blogging.. real words even. Like Ampersand (&&& )- that one is my favorites.
(I try to insert it into conversation daily)
Anyway – I spied one of those mirrors a year or so ago on Centsational Girl’s blog.
I fell in love with it. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Well, I looked it up super quick to see if I could get one -
And this is what I found…
Hmmm.. while I usually have $500 dollars laying around in my house every day..
I decided I would wait for a better deal. Also I wanted a white one.
And if I was going to spend most of a mortgage payment on a mirror
it had dog-gone better come in the color I wanted!
So I waited. A long time…
Did you know that doesn’t get any easier with age? Just a heads up
About a month ago I saw one online that was almost exactly the same.
It was from Lowes and was only around $70!!
I tried to order one online from our Lowes and of course, they were out..
I called the store and asked if they were completely and positively sure
they were out, and if so when would they get more in?
They said they were discontinued...
I was not happy ;-(
I called again and asked the gal to just go check and see if they might
possibly have one hidden because I am an obsessed decorator and I would
call them every hour of the day until they did it just to get me to shut up..
And glory-be … they found one.
Just one, the floor model. And they said I could have it for… $24!!!!!
And then I did the dance of joy!!!
Followed quickly by the dance of spray paint!!
Ok, I didn’t really dance – for a good reason.
When I was growing up I was told that dancing leads to pregnancy..
And I just couldn’t handle another baby at my age…
And that is my Fall Mantel story!
The rest of it was pretty simple. I took an old picture frame and
spray painted it with the same glossy white I used on the mirror.
Then I took a piece of crafting paper and sprayed it with Chalkboard paint
and inserted it into the frame. And then I wrote Give Thanks…
Because I am super creative like that…
I wish I had prettier handwriting, but I guess it gets the point across!
I got the Owl at Michaels a few weeks ago – I used my 40% off coupon,
I think it was originally around $17.
I made the paper bag flowers – I could do a tutorial of how
I did them if anyone is interested – they are pretty simple
After I got such a good deal on the mirror I wanted to go simple and inexpensive
with everything else. And I happened to have paper bags on hand..
You may not believe this but I have been known
to go overboard with decor sometimes…..
Why yes, that really is a cow on my wall….
As always – I am so thankful to you for coming by.
And you know I love your comments – I read and try to reply to every one!