My fireplace mantle has gone through several transformations since we moved in.
First we had this…
…which isn’t even decorated at.all.
I set the Rodney White artwork on the mantle while we were moving in so it didn’t get ruined and it just kinda ended up staying there.
I hung the artwork and added a few accessories, but the overall look just wasn’t working.
This setup is a FAIL!
I LOVE my art and I LOVE bright bold color, but after a month or so it just started to hurt my eyes.
I need my family room to be more subtle and relaxing so I took down the art and added a mirror that I’ve had for at least 15 years.
I also swapped out some of the accessories for a more Fall look.
In addition I took the candlesticks and gave them a new coat of spray paint and added gourds on top.
The colors are Rustoleum Nutmeg and Heirloom White.
But the black frame was still too harsh for me. I want this room bright, white, and soothing.
So I painted the frame white.
I’m already loving it so.much.more.
This is my “almost finished” decorated Fall mantle.
I’m going to add some fall leaves and maybe a few nuts to give it more texture, but I think so far it’s coming together nicely.
The ceramic pumpkins are from Dollar Tree. I can’t believe I found something ceramic at Dollar Tree that I don’t want to spray paint.
The pumpkins and gourds are real. I purchased them from the grocery store.
Also, the glass hurricane I bought in Los Angeles at Goodwill. You might recognize it from this post:
I like it much better with bright orange pumpkins and gourds in it!
So, in the past two months my mantle has morphed from this:
Now I just need to PAINT already!
Oh, and did you notice the crappy newel on the left of the fireplace hearth?
I got it free from a guy who was throwing it away while we were snowboarding last winter in California.
(Yes, the same trip that I broke my rib on…)
Anyway, this newel is eventually going to turn into a candlestick. Eventually.
Happy Fall, y’all!