March 12, 2012

Spring Mantle

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Does it feel like SPRING by you yet?!  I am starting to feel the beginnings of spring, and I’m LOVING it!  I finally got inspired to make a spring mantle, and I’m LOVING the color it brings into our house!

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Isn’t it cheerful? Smile  Here’s the mantle broken down:

I am loving the look of stacked empty frames lately, so I tried it.  The frame on the left was on hand (I actually used it for the Valentines Subway Art in February).  The other two frames were bought for 50 cents each at a local thrift store.  I just gave them one coat each of spray paint – I wanted to let the wood show through to give a vintage-y feel.  I also scuffed them with some sandpaper once I put a light coat of spray paint on them.

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I took two old books and covered them with fabric.  The fabric actually belonged to my husband’s late grandmother  – so there’s a little bit of history there Smile

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The sweet little bird was leftover from last year’s vignette (originally from Michael’s) The bottle was a thrift store find, as well as all of the mason jars.  I coated some of them with paint like I did in this post.

Of course it isn’t spring without FLOWERS!  I love these sweet tulips I bought at the grocery store, as well as the daffodil buds.  I can’t wait until those bloom – I’ll have to post an updated picture for you!

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I am just LOVING spring – and my new fresh mantle!  I think I need to make sure I have cut flowers in my house every week throughout the spring/summer – it just makes a world of difference!

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  1. Very pretty!! Love the tulips & all of the bright colors!!

  2. How beautiful! My favorite parts are the frames and the vintage fabric — such unique touches! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Beautiful mantel! It’s a combination of a few of my favourite things – books, vintage bottles and spring flowers. The layered frames are a fun, fresh touch (and I can’t believe that one coat of spray paint made them look that gorgeous!)

    All the best,


  4. I love it all! I especially love the fabric covered books. What a great idea! Following you via linky.

  5. I am going to pin this. The frames are very cute and a great way to add some spring color to the mantel.

  6. Beautiful mantel! Love the vintage feel you gave it! Love the idea of covering the book with fabric…wonderful idea! I’ve been working on a vignette and want to place books in it…if I do maybe I’ll borrow your book covering idea:) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh… the jars that look frosted, did you do that too or did they come that way? If you did, how did you achieve that look? I LOVE the jars!! 😀

  8. I love how it looks springy without being really Easter-centric.
    So fresh and clean feeling.

  9. This is so cute! I love the colored vases…so bright and cheery.

  10. I love your collection of frames. And those tulips make me so happy! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  11. Beautiful! I love the bright colors… and I love tulips!

  12. Cute mantle! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful

  13. Very Lovely! I love the colors you chose for the frames.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Stopping by from Transformation Thursday!

  15. Wow! Your mantle is beautiful. Visiting from Serenity Now. Tonight our linky party “Cowgirl Up!” goes live. It is a linked linky, so post once and your link appears on four blogs. Hope to see you and your cookies tonight!
    🙂 Samantha

  16. The color combination is amazing, so calming yet very spring like. Visiting from CSI.

  17. Thanks for linking this up. I love it!!! Love the colors and the cheerfulness of it. Check back Saturday to see if you are a CSI winner.
    Have a great weekend!
    Dee, the CSI Girl

  18. Love the depth of your display! So many heights, levels, colors, textures… brilliant!

  19. Love those pretty flowers! And I really like the idea of wrapping books in fabric for a mantle.

  20. Looks awesome!!!! So very pretty… & the green & blue frames are fabulous! 🙂

    lauren @ SSJ

  21. Cute. How did you cover the books in fabric? I’m a crafty/DIY newbie. 🙂


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