We don't have a fireplace and I have always been jealous of all the bloggers with their mantles decorated for the seasons ;) Especially at Christmas, I always long for a mantle to decorate for the holidays. I'm not so much interested in the actual fireplace since we have a 2 year old and one on the way (although I'm sure it would be nice to cuddle up by the fire once in a while when the kids are in bed...) Anyway, I decided that since I gained some new wall space with the addition that I would add a mantle to the room. The main purpose of our addition is a 'playroom' for overflow of toys and other kid/baby 'things' that take up a lot of space but I didn't just want the room to be a toy pit. I wanted it to have some style at least especially since it opens to the living room and is also in direct view of the kitchen. So, I thought the room would be a perfect place to put my much desired faux fireplace or mantle. Well, I searched and searched on craigslist and was getting nowhere. I had a pretty strict budget for my mantle and none of what I was seeing was in my price range. Finally, I decided to call around some local thrift and antique stores and I finally found one!
It was perfect! ...or so I thought... You see, the mantle is very distressed and old. It is painted white and it is hard to tell in these photos but the paint is all crackled and coming off.
It looks very charming and has tons of character which is why I fell in love with it!
But after we got it home, I realized that the shabby style of the mantle wasn't really the style of the rest of our home. I'm not really sure how to describe our style but I have always considered it to be more of a sophisticated casual. I like to keep it nice but not too nice. I want it to be comfortable but stylish. Anyway, our home is casual yes but shabby and rustic...not so much. SO as much as I adore the finish on this old mantle, I think I will be painting it. It will still be cute and old but not as shabby. Although I couldn't resist decorating it with a little vintage vignette before I paint it :) It definitely has character....but maybe just a little too much for our home.
Anyhoo, back to my Fall mantle...
I 'borrowed' the old window I got for Ava's room and hung my homemade acorn wreath on it.
Wrapped it in some leftover burlap (don't ya just love burlap??)
Ahhhh, I love the stripesSo, our room is almost finished! We are having the carpet installed this week! Then I can 'move in.' I'm excited to show off the room when we are done. I am loving how it's coming together so far! Remember my Ballard Knock-Off Drapes? They will be in there (along with some matching throw pillows, maybe???) Ahh, can't wait!
we hubby painted in there. They look so great, can't wait to see how it looks when the floors aren't concrete....
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