Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mantle Party!! Whoot Whoot!!


I hate to miss a good party.   So today, while I recuperate from yesterday's grueling yard work, I'm linking up to the Nester for her Mantle Party.

The mantle in our Family Room is the one thing that remains constant in our home.  Aside from Christmas, I rarely change it out for the seasons.  I kinda like it just the way it is.

The wrought iron wall art came from a yard sale and I think I paid $2 for it.  It fit perfectly in the shadow box Mr. Bliss created.
Candlesticks from WalMart.  I added a little Rub n Buff to make the detail stand out more.
Southern Living At Home bookends I won on Ebay and distressed with black paint.
Old leather bound books I got at an auction last Summer for $5.
Last year I won a great giveaway, forgive me for not remembering the blog now, I believe it was Sherri from Design to Shine.  It was a gift card to Hobby Lobby, which I used to purchase this "M" for my mantle.  I just love it!
Reed diffuser from Walmart.
Arrangement from Michaels.
I added this applique after we moved in 11 years ago.
This bench was a Craig's List find and I wanted to show the surround too.  If you have a brass front and want to change it out, it's very simple.  We just pulled off the entire surround and spray painted it black with a heat resistant spray paint, let it dry, and then popped it back on.  My sister told me that some of those brass bars are easily pulled off too, which is another option.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.  Please go check out the Nester for more beautiful mantles!

31 comments:

Beth in NC said...

I love your mantle! Beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Kim! I noticed that I commented right after you on a few blogs already today, so I thought I'd come visit and say "Hi!". Love your mantel decor. I have two and they are both a little longer than yours, which I sometimes think makes it harder to come up with stuff to put on there!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Love all your thrifty finds! I must know more about this Rub n Buff stuff?! LOL I'm on the hunt for old books. And some piece (window, frame, iron) to add to my mantel. LOVE yours.

Nancy said...

You find the most amazing deals! I think that's what makes your mantel so cool; it looks awesome and you decorated it so frugally!

Nancy

Nancy's Notes said...

Awesome! I love the leather bound book, what a find! Thanks for sharing your great looking mantle!

Nancy

Cha Cha said...

Simple Perfection, I love it all. Hope you are having a beautiful spring day.

Cha Cha

Debbie said...

Kim, I would not change that mantel much either, it looks so pretty!~ I have the same M in silver I love it too!~

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

What a beautiful mantel. I love the clean simple lines!

~Amanda

Melissa Miller said...

Kim your mantel looks perfect as is! I would not change it either. Beautiful candles and the scroll art is precious in that spot. Love the "M". *Smiles*.

I hope you are feeling better now. Your yard looks AMAZING! You go girl! I wish I had your energy to work on mine some more. You should see the weeds growing up out of the sidewalk cracks in the front of our home. Yikes! :)

MaysHomemade said...

love it love it

Katie said...

Love your mantel it is totally my style.

Sherri Blum, CID said...

Very pretty! I love your chic bargain finds! My kind of decorator!

Wendy said...

Lovely mantel. I'm going to have to get some Rub and Buff. I hear nothing but good things about it. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just lovely girl friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Liz said...

I love it all...you did a beautiful job! =) I'm inspired!

((Hugs)) ~Liz

Aimee said...

I love your mantle. Maybe I should get to work on mine. Ours is very bland and is usually a dust collector.

So I totally hve those candles from Walmart too:) And I have those book series :) I love it!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Beautiful mantle, Kim!

Shelia said...

Kim, everything is gorgeous! You made those candlesticks look like a million bucks! Your mantle is just perfect! Love the medallion you added too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cindy said...

Kim,
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Your mantel is awesome! I love the iron work piece and what a deal! Gotta love that!
Enjoy the day!

sissie said...

I love your mantel and I can see why you are very happy with it.
I wouldn't change a thing.

hugs
Sissie

Tina said...

Oh I love your mantle Kim, especially your large 'M'! My mantle is something I just never seem to get right, so I will head on over to Nester for some inspiration! Thanks for the tips on the black heat resistant spray paint, I didn't know about such a product!! Wishing you a lovely day ~ Tina xx

Linda said...

Kim, your mantle is really lovely- I've always loved black and white and the golden M makes such a graphic statement! Love how you painted the brass surround, that really turned out wonderful!

Laura said...

Kim-
Your mantle is beautiful.
You've got the touch!

Your blog looks amazing, and I love all of your photographs.
Have you found any treasures lately?

Laura
White Spray Paint

Jill said...

Really pretty mantel! I love it! I think I need a gold "W" for mine!

bj said...

OMGosh...just beautiful. I love all your treasures and you sure know how to put them together..
xo bj

Brittany said...

I can see why you don't change it - it's perfect already!! Love that little bench, too :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

Fabulous!!

m ^..^

elizabeth said...

Love it!!!...thanks for the kind remarks about my mantle as well.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks great!!!! If you like it - don't change it - It is your home.

Jemsmom said...

That is so pretty. I love the M. I think I need to go find myself an F and copy/borrow that look! So classic!

chacha said...

Beautiful! I love the gold "M" and the books.