Monday, April 2, 2012

I DREAM OF A MANTLE !


THIS MANTLE WAS MADE
WITH A SHELF I GOT
AT THE THRIFT STORE FOR
$4.99 AND I BELIEVE IT 
WAS 25% OFF THAT DAY, 
WHICH MADE THINGS EVEN BETTER.

THE PIECE WAS STAINED AND 
VARNISHED, AND IT WAS SCRATCHED
UP. IT WASNT THE LOOK OR
THE COLOR I WANTED!


THIS SHELF WAS THE PERFECT
PIECE I HAD IN MIND

WITH A LITTLE PAINT TO
GIVE IT THE WEATHERED LOOK,
SOME STAIN, AND 2 CANDLE 
HOLDERS I PURCHASED AT MARSHALLS
WHICH I WOULD USE AS THE 
BRACKETS THEY HAD THAT 
CORBEL LOOK TO THEM.
I WISH IT WAS THAT EASY!

HERE IT IS!

THE PIC'S WERE A LITTLE HARD
TO TAKE AS ITS DOWN IN THE
FAMILY ROOM AND I DID'NT HAVE
ALOT OF NATURAL LIGHT TO 
WORK WITH.










HOPE YOU LIKE IT
I HAD ALSO REDID THE
MIRROR ON THE MANTLE AND
THE OWL HERE'S
WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE
BEFORE...


THE MIRRORS COLOR WAS
ORIGINALLY A GLOSS WHITE
AND I WANTED IT TO MATCH
THE MANTLE SO I GAVE IT
THE SAME DISTRESSED LOOK
AS I DID THE MANLE.

I LOVE IT AND I CAN'T
WAIT TO DECORATE IT FOR 
THE HOLIDAYS.


IM OFF TO LOOK FOR MY
NEXT PROJECT!


26 comments:

  1. Nice job Lauren! I love the corbel candle holder thingys you used under the shelf! Looks fantastic!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  2. Beautiful! The corbels add so much to this vignette.

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  3. it looks perfect with the corbels! and i love the owl, too! :)

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  4. Love it! Its exactly what I needed to see! I've been looking for something for my front entrance which had to be less than 900mm long and narrower than 300mm. So I've looked at hall tables, bookshelves, sideboards and this is perfect!
    Do you mind explaining how you mounted it? It looks like such a solid piece of timber is it hung on the wall or just resting on the corbels?
    Cheers, Tish D

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    1. I tried to write you back but you didn't have an email attached to your commment. so i will answer your question here...

      Thank you so much.... It is a wood shelf and what I used was something
      They called a French cleat. One metal piece is mounted on the wall and the other is mounted on the shelf, then you lift the mantle up and the cleat slides into the other one on the wall. Pretty easy. I think it was about 14 dollars in home depot. I used one right in the middle that was pretty long. Or you can buy smaller ones. The corbels which are actually candle holders are just mounted under the shelf they are not holding anything up.
      Just for the look

      Hope this helps you.
      Lauren
      Cant wait to see yours. I love mine. I have it above a pellet stove and it looks so nice when I have that lit.

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    2. Thanks for replying! Yes I know exactly what you mean about the cleats, they will work well on our wall. I've already started looking for the shelf on ebay and gumtree (our craigslist) and I know our local hardware store has some corbels I've already thought "hmm pretty!"

      Thanks again for replying, when we do it I will email you a photo!

      Tish.

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  5. Hi Lauren, I too dream of a mantle. Your mantle came out fabulous. The mirror and owl are beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  6. Very cute mantle! Love the restyle on mirror and owl too!

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  7. Great job! that mirror looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you Emily! I'm very happy with the way it turned out, its a perfect fit and it gives me something to decorate for holidays!

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  8. Wow this looks great!! I really love how it turned out and the birdcage and owl are the perfect touches.

    :) Michelle

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  9. Amazing! I've never tried to hyperlink on a comment before, so it may not work, but you gotta check out my mantel...it's almost a spitting image of yours! Little Bit http://decoratewithalittlebit.com/2012/03/04/our-house-living-room-mantel-before-before-and-after/

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    1. Your mantle looks great! It's like mine but white and your lucky enough to have the fireplace. You even have a bird cage on yours too! Thanks for stopping over.
      lauren

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  10. Nice re-do. Painting that owl really gave him a happier look. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Mimi, an the owl was a fun little project!

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  11. i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it's a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out! http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-5-decallove-giveaway.html
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  12. It looks great! Love what you did to the owl and mirror, too. It all looks like it was meant to go together. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  13. It's absolutely beautiful, Lauren! I'll be featuring you tonight for Knick of Time Tuesday and there will be an, "I Was Featured" button waiting there for you!

    Please also add my regular party button to your post so others can find the party (it's one of the party rules). Thanks!!!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  14. I adore your mantel!
    And that birdcage!
    Your pics are wicked cool...love it!
    How did you get them to look so cool?
    I love this mantel and the price!
    Great job Lauren!
    Featuring your for sure this week :o)
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  15. I featured you today Lauren! I just LOVE your mantel! I think it was actually my favorite link this week! Come by and grab a button and thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  16. So darling! Thank you for linking up on Fabulous Friday. By the way, I'm hosting a fun giveaway. You're invited to pop over & enter: http://michellelunt.blogspot.com/2012/04/fun-giveaway-and-thank-you-to-my.html

    Warmly, Michelle

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  17. It looks so great I love the bottom parts they have such detail :) I too wanted a mantel / faux mantle so badly.... We have a red brick fireplace in our family room but not one in our formal.... so I too started my search and was attempting to buy one of those electric ones on CL and started to reach for my phone and scrolled down and found a massive one that I just couldn't pass up. Take a look at it on my blog....it's still in the works haven't connected to the wall yet, but it's there.... :)
    Pauline @ Cherub Cottage

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