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Summer Mantel:Take Two {adding reclaimed shutters}

15 Jul
 

 
There was something missing from my “Beachy” mantel. I couldn’t put my finger on it yesterday. Then last night as I was getting ready for bed I remembered some free shutters that I picked up by the side of the road on trash day a few months ago. Perfect!! You know how a flashbulb goes off in your mind?

A fast, easy and free solution to my decorating dilemma! 
Before

So this morning I dusted off those old shutters and dug through my spraypaint stash for some paint. I painted the first coat the same “aqua” color as the frame on my mantel. And then when it was finished drying, I added “heirloom white” over the top.


The last thing I did was get my trusty mouse sander and I roughed it all up so the delicious aqua peeks through as well as the original brown color and the bare wood. I love the dimension that sanding adds!!



Then I put it on my mantel. I opened the shutters a little so that the reflection of the mirror still comes through and lights up the room. Then I rearranged some of the mantel items.

And I put the little canvas pennant at the top of the mantel. I got the little sewn pennant shapes from The Canvas Corp. I love the plain canvas with my beach theme.

I think my mantel is done.
{For now — lol!!}

I put my Summer Subway Art above my entry cabinet. I decided it didn’t really go with my Beachy Mantel. But I still really love it!

PS — While my shutters were drying, I ran to Home Depot and got some samples for my kitchen makeover. Here’s what we have so far. Any opinions??  the cabinets are now white so I was thinking a warm grey would be pretty….

xoxoxo

PS — I’m linking this up to Beth’s Tutorials &Tips Party. Check it out!!


Summer Mantel:Take Two {adding reclaimed shutters}

15 Jul
 

 
There was something missing from my “Beachy” mantel. I couldn’t put my finger on it yesterday. Then last night as I was getting ready for bed I remembered some free shutters that I picked up by the side of the road on trash day a few months ago. Perfect!! You know how a flashbulb goes off in your mind?

A fast, easy and free solution to my decorating dilemma! 
Before

So this morning I dusted off those old shutters and dug through my spraypaint stash for some paint. I painted the first coat the same “aqua” color as the frame on my mantel. And then when it was finished drying, I added “heirloom white” over the top.


The last thing I did was get my trusty mouse sander and I roughed it all up so the delicious aqua peeks through as well as the original brown color and the bare wood. I love the dimension that sanding adds!!



Then I put it on my mantel. I opened the shutters a little so that the reflection of the mirror still comes through and lights up the room. Then I rearranged some of the mantel items.

And I put the little canvas pennant at the top of the mantel. I got the little sewn pennant shapes from The Canvas Corp. I love the plain canvas with my beach theme.

I think my mantel is done.
{For now — lol!!}

I put my Summer Subway Art above my entry cabinet. I decided it didn’t really go with my Beachy Mantel. But I still really love it!

PS — While my shutters were drying, I ran to Home Depot and got some samples for my kitchen makeover. Here’s what we have so far. Any opinions??  the cabinets are now white so I was thinking a warm grey would be pretty….

xoxoxo

PS — I’m linking this up to Beth’s Tutorials &Tips Party. Check it out!!


Summer Wreath and Mantel {tutorial}

14 Jul

Do you go through periods where you are super inspired to do projects and then other periods where you feel burned out and don’t want to do anything?? I do. Yesterday I felt super inspired. And I am an impatient crafter. When the feeling strikes, I dig around and find whatever is in my cupboards to make a project.

I was looking at my mantel and I really wanted to make it look 
“Beachy” and “Summery”.

So I went out in my garage “stash” and found some grapevine wreaths from the Dollar Store. I decided to use the small size. Then I found some black and white pinstripe material. And I crafted up a quick summer wreath with things I had laying around.

This is a 15-minute project. 


Here’s what I did: 

  • I cut a long piece of the pinstripe fabric 2 inches wide. 
 
  • Then I wrapped it around the grapevine wreath. I wrapped it pretty tightly and overlapped it so that it was pretty cushy with material. 
  • I secured the end with my trusty glue gun. 
 
  •  Then I took the material and cut a long strip that was 4 inches wide. And I folded it in half and ironed it so it was flat. So now the material is 2 inches wide with a closed end. 
  •  I folded the material in pleats, into a flower shape and hot glued in between the pleats. Then I hot glued the flower onto my wreath. 
  • I did the same thing to make two smaller flowers, except instead of a folded 2 inch width, I cut a 2 inch section of fabric and then folded and ironed it so that the folded width was 1 inch. 
  • Then I glued those two fabric flowers on each side of the bigger flower. 
 
  • I covered two big buttons with fabric and attached them to the smaller flowers. 
 
  • Then I hot glued a star fish to the bigger flower. 
 
That’s it!! SUPER simple and fast AND inexpensive. 
Then I set about making my mantel more “Summery” and “Beachy”. I got out my glass covered vases and put vintage doorknobs inside of them. 
And I talked my son and neice into spray painted an old frame beachy blue for me. I also took a rope bag that I had kept from Target and “framed” it in between an embroidery hoop. I also did this with some doilies. 
I made a canvas pennant banner that I thought looked kind of beachy. 
I’m not going to show you the whole mantel today though, because I just decided that it needs one more element. 

I have a project in mind that I think will be perfect. I’ll work on it today. You know when you finish a project and it just doesn’t feel complete. That’s how I feel about the mantel. I need to work on that last element.

So until then, here’s my partially finished Summer Mantel 🙂

 Ooooh, I almost forgot… I found some cute little lamps at Home Goods a few weeks ago for my buffet table in there. Aren’t they cute?? 

I think I am going to paint that buffet table — what color do you think I should try??

 I hope you are having a great week!!!  
xoxoxoxo

Summer Wreath and Mantel {tutorial}

14 Jul

Do you go through periods where you are super inspired to do projects and then other periods where you feel burned out and don’t want to do anything?? I do. Yesterday I felt super inspired. And I am an impatient crafter. When the feeling strikes, I dig around and find whatever is in my cupboards to make a project.

I was looking at my mantel and I really wanted to make it look 
“Beachy” and “Summery”.

So I went out in my garage “stash” and found some grapevine wreaths from the Dollar Store. I decided to use the small size. Then I found some black and white pinstripe material. And I crafted up a quick summer wreath with things I had laying around.

This is a 15-minute project. 


Here’s what I did: 

  • I cut a long piece of the pinstripe fabric 2 inches wide. 
 
  • Then I wrapped it around the grapevine wreath. I wrapped it pretty tightly and overlapped it so that it was pretty cushy with material. 
  • I secured the end with my trusty glue gun. 
 
  •  Then I took the material and cut a long strip that was 4 inches wide. And I folded it in half and ironed it so it was flat. So now the material is 2 inches wide with a closed end. 
  •  I folded the material in pleats, into a flower shape and hot glued in between the pleats. Then I hot glued the flower onto my wreath. 
  • I did the same thing to make two smaller flowers, except instead of a folded 2 inch width, I cut a 2 inch section of fabric and then folded and ironed it so that the folded width was 1 inch. 
  • Then I glued those two fabric flowers on each side of the bigger flower. 
 
  • I covered two big buttons with fabric and attached them to the smaller flowers. 
 
  • Then I hot glued a star fish to the bigger flower. 
 
That’s it!! SUPER simple and fast AND inexpensive. 
Then I set about making my mantel more “Summery” and “Beachy”. I got out my glass covered vases and put vintage doorknobs inside of them. 
And I talked my son and neice into spray painted an old frame beachy blue for me. I also took a rope bag that I had kept from Target and “framed” it in between an embroidery hoop. I also did this with some doilies. 
I made a canvas pennant banner that I thought looked kind of beachy. 
I’m not going to show you the whole mantel today though, because I just decided that it needs one more element. 

I have a project in mind that I think will be perfect. I’ll work on it today. You know when you finish a project and it just doesn’t feel complete. That’s how I feel about the mantel. I need to work on that last element.

So until then, here’s my partially finished Summer Mantel 🙂

 Ooooh, I almost forgot… I found some cute little lamps at Home Goods a few weeks ago for my buffet table in there. Aren’t they cute?? 

I think I am going to paint that buffet table — what color do you think I should try??

 I hope you are having a great week!!!  
xoxoxoxo