Spring means a new vignette on the mantel. And this spring I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money styling my mantel. Don’t you love when you can create something that is new and fresh and use what you already have? It took a little thought and lots of arranging and editing and rearranging, but if finally came together. It has the farmhouse charm I love in the back of my house and I used many of my upcycled diy projects in the design!
The styling on the mantel could easily be kept up all year with only a few things traded out from season to season. But, what fun would that be, right? For me, it’s changing things up that keeps my decor fresh and fun!
I’m calling this my diy mantel for a very good reason! Many… no really, most of the elements on the mantel have been a project of mine. Let’s start with the most recent project… the clock!
It used to look like this…
I really love this clock but I think the wood frame was a little “heavy” for the mantel. My mantel is white and the paint on the walls is very neutral. The black shutters anchor all the white but the color of the clock frame called too much attention to itself.
This is how it looks now, DIY #1…
I used Amy Howard One Step (chalk) paint. And used a cracked patina. I am still going to add another layer of cracked patina so look for a diy that you will LOVE on Saturday! This painting technique is insanely easy to do and it looks like the real-old-paint deal! I’ll have a step-by-step tutorial on cracked patina.
One more peek. Seriously, can you see how gorgeous this is? This is my new favorite painting technique.
DIY # 2…Flanking the clock are vintage black chippy shutters. These shutters were very long and Bobby retrofitted them to fit the mantel. Here’s a post on HOW TO RESIZE AN OLD CHIPPY SHUTTER. Don’t pass up great looking shutters because they are too long!
The shutters were found at a local antique market. And they were in my car the moment I saw them!
DIY #3… I painted these lamps a couple of years ago. They went from green faux marble to antiqued white and black. New shades were added! They are just the right size for the mantel. And I love having a little light in that area of my family room. Our builder added a plug in the mantel so we could use lamps.
On the left side of the mantel I brought back a tiny black stool and perched a burlap covered book… DIY #4… and a pitcher of white tulips on it. The white tulips are a big nod to spring!
To the left of the stool are two more burlap covered books. These books can still be read! To see how you can cover book with on-trend burlap click HERE. WARNING: This project is really addictive! You will want to cover all the books in you home.
Can you see our house mouse sleeping under the stool? We found him on a kitchen window sill of our very first home and he has gone with us from house to house to house!
More books. On the right side of the mantel I added an architectural “egg” on a stack of burlap covered books.
And I took a chippy architectural piece that was once in an old house and made it into a bookend of sorts.
My garage is becoming a holding place for gorgeous architectural thingies! I can’t pass them up. I love to imagine where they were in and on their original home.
There is another piece just like it in my garage. I think they will work well somewhere in my house as matching bookends! Oh, sigh!
Hey, I know this is overkill but just one more look…
When all those diy elements are put together they look like this…
I’m thinking about adding one more fun element to the mantel so be looking for a post with the addition!
I really love this chippy, diy mantel! It reflects the relaxed farmhouse charm of the back of our home!