Friday, June 10, 2011

LOVE WHAT YOU DO MANTLE !!!





THIS PIECE WAS ACTUALLY GIVIN' TO ME AS THE
PERSON WAS MOVING AND SHE HAD NEVER DONE ANYTHING WITH IT AND COULD'NT TAKE IT WITH HER.

ITS A VERY OLD MANTLE THAT'S 
ABOUT 7 FEET LONG AND WEIGHS OVER
100 POUNDS EASILY.
IT WAS IN PRETTY ROUGH SHAPE AND PART OF THE TRIM ON
THE FRONT HAD BEEN RIPPED OFF.

SO I REMOVED THE WHOLE PIECE OF TRIM WENT TO LOWES AND GOT SOMETHING SIMILIAR 
AND REPLACED IT


I WANTED TO KEEP AN OLD RUSTIC LOOK TO
IT SO WHEN I SANDED IT I DID NOT REMOVE
ALL THE WHITE CHIPPY PAINT THAT WAS ON IT.
I LEFT IT.. 
I ALSO PAINTED IT WITH GREY AND DRY
BRUSHED ON LIGHT BLUE AND MORE WHITE.
THEN I ADDED WOOD STAIN TO DARKEN IT UP 
A BIT AND ADD TO THE AGED LOOK.
I HAD TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE
NEWLY ADDED WOOD TRIM TO MAKE SURE
THE PIECE ALL BLENDED IN.

I HUNG THIS IN THE UPSTAIRS OFFICE,
ABOVE MY DESK.
IT ADDS SO MUCH CHARACTER TO THE
ROOM AND I HAD SO MUCH FUN PUTTING
ACCESSORIES ON IT.

I FIGURED THAT ON HOLIDAYS I CAN DECORATE
IT DIFFERENTLY!!!

I CALL IT THE LOVE WHAT YOU DO MANTLE
BECAUSE THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT 
AS I WAS DOING THIS PIECE THAT I LOVE
REDOING FURNITURE.
IT WOULD BE NICE IF EVERYONE COULD LOVE
WHAT THEY DO OR AT LEAST HAVE A HOBBY
THAT YOU LOVE TO DO!!!
IT REALLY ADDS ALOT TO YOUR LIFE WHEN
YOU CAN FIND THAT SOMETHING.

OK , ENOUGH TALK I'M SURE YOU
WANT TO SEE THE PIECE.

HERE SHE IS AFTER.
SHES REALLY LONG SO HARD TO GET PICTURES...















I HOPE YOU LOVE HER 
AS MUCH AS I DO...

AND HOPE YOU DIDN'T MIND
SO MANY PICTURES I COULD'T
HELP MYSELF...


44 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! I so wish I could paint like that. ;) VERY NICE. {SWOON}

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  2. WOW!!! It's amazing!! You can't even tell that you had to replace part of it. Well done!

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  3. You have have some cute things on your blog.
    Lisa

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  4. Your mantle looks great! I'm struggling with decorating mine right now....I like how you used unique items!

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  5. Looks great...love that you left the chippy paint, my favorite :) I agree, I'm blessed to "do what I love" too! Laurel

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  6. Well done! Love how it turned out! i love how you decorated it too.

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  7. Love it! You did a wonderful job refinishing it :)

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  8. Hi, I just found your blog and absolutely adore all of your pieces. I too love, love, love color and am so glad to see someone else who does too. Great job!

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  9. So pretty! I just love the deep hues you used for the accessories. In a world of seemingly everything white these days, this was a real treat! Love it!

    Donna

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  10. Love everything about this...everything!

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  11. Wow that is a great piece, I LOVE it. I really like your style, so glad I found your blog! I have been toying with an idea for a while and this was the inspiration I needed ;) Great job on the finish too by the way.

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  12. Love it, love it, love it! Drybrushing and layering is one of my favorite things to do. You did a fantastic job. Nice display as well.

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  13. I absolutely love how your mantle turned out! You did a great job and the accessories look amazing. I have to say that the small ladder is my favorite! Nice job!! You definitely have the "eye" for decorating. Lesa

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  14. This turned out great Lauren! I love it! I love the display you have too! So cute!

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  15. Oh I am loving it! just came from funky junk interiors link up

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  16. Completely love your mantle, rustic charm! Found yours at 504 Main. Lovely blog and projects!

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  17. what a great piece, and a great vignette. and hello, super smart about the highlighted parties part!

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  18. Great transformation and I love everything you have displayed on there!

    Jeanine

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  19. This is such a great idea! I don't have a fire place and miss being able to dress it up. I never thought of using a mantel as wall art. This is fabulous! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  20. I really love how this turned out... and your collections sitting atop of it. Thanks for telling us the steps to achieve such a unique finish.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  21. Happy Tuesday!

    Lovely project~ a true metamorphosis.

    If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and enter the giveaway.

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  22. What an amazing transformation. This beautiful piece was worth all the effort. I love all your little treasures too.

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  23. I wished that I had a friend who wanted to give me a old chippy mantle. maybe I should find some new friends?! :) Great job! love it

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  24. Too, too cute! Very unique and charming! Visiting from Coastal Charm!
    Blessings!!

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  25. I absolutely love how this turned out - especially how you kept its age apparent, but nicer! :) I`m a new follower & can`t wait to see your other transformations! :)

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  26. You were so smart to think ahead and leave some of the original paint, it looks so good! Great job!

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  27. Totally loving your mantle!! So rustic!

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  28. I love this piece! You did a great job fixing it and painting it. Really makes a statement.

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  29. That mantle is wonderful and what you did with it is so creative. I love it and I love that you will enjoy it so much over the years.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  30. It's amazing! I love the distressed look.

    Rachel
    http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

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  31. No way, the more pics the better! This is such a great piece! I love how you kept the chippy paint--chippy paint is my favorite. And your accessories are pretty amazing as well. Love it all!

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  32. What a great idea! I didn't mind all the pictures at all. Thanks for sharing:)

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  33. Looks amazing!! I've that jar of scrabble pieces-- my jars have been empty as of spring & I may just have to fill them with that!!

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  34. You did a super job! Kudos to you for your brilliant work! jules

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  35. That came out great! Thanks for linking this to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

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  36. Beautiful job (as usual!). I love it! Thanks for sharing your creativity in the DIY project parade! ;)

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  37. so gorgeous! that refinishing is stunning and the piece you added actually added to it i think! thanks for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! i hope to see you again this week!

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  38. Completely LOVE the way this turned out! Love the trim piece that you replaced too - totally adds to the finished look. Thank you for linking up to WWWW - your project will be featured tomorrow!!

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  39. This is an awesome mantle! Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! Keep on linking great projects!

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