Monday, November 30, 2015

Mantle Inspiration

Welcome back friends.  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Holiday.  We spent time with both our families this past week. (shout out to my MIL for the most amazing, juicy and delicious turkey ever!)  I did have to work a bit on Friday morning but we spent some time this weekend putting out some Christmas decorations! (finally!!)  Things have been busy/crazy/tiring/etc lately and I'm ready to slow down but I think that won't happen until after Christmas.

Since I am still working on my Christmas decorations, I thought I'd give you a peak into some of the inspiration that I'm using for decorating my fireplace mantle.  Most of these are found on some Instagram accounts that I follow.  If you like them, be sure to follow them!  They are some of my favorites!  I've also pinned several more inspiration photos on my Pinterest board.  Feel free to check those out too!

Aren't these great!?  I don't know if you caught the theme of these but I am doing a white/silver/neutral fireplace.   I have a couple more pieces to add and can't wait to see how it turns out!  I'm hoping to have a tour of our house with all the Christmas decor up next week.  

Have you started decorating?  Are you going with a theme or certain color scheme?  Do you change your style each year?  I'd love to hear how you are decorating this year.  

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Antique Cabinet Makeover

I was going to save this post for the morning but I'm too excited to share it with you all!

Several weeks ago on a rainy Saturday morning I called up my dad to see if he would come over to help me pick up an old door from a garage sale down the street.  It wasn't far from my house, on a quiet little street.  The door had been the original from when the house was built.  We got to talking to the owner and I mentioned that I had a booth at a vintage store and that I was interested in refurbishing pieces to sell.  The homeowner then said, well how about this piece?  It was a little cabinet, about waist high.  To be honest, I didn't think much of it, but she said she would give it to me for a great price.  Why not!  So we loaded the door and cabinet into the truck and went back home.

Originally, my plan  was to re-stain the piece and maybe give it a new top.  But after trying to remove the small areas of paint, I realized that the wood wasn't good enough to stain.  I decided to give to paint it and add a little more detail to it.  I picked up these little wood pieces from Hobby Lobby  and attached them to the drawer.  I sanded and sanded it and filled in holes and added new hinges.

After several coats of paint (Heirloom Traditions DIY Paint in Vintage Linen) it was finally done!  I painted the inside a fresh coat of white paint and added some delicate new knobs and handle.  What started out being a piece that I thought I would quickly fix up and get rid of, it became a piece that I really wanted to get right.

I am really excited with how this piece turned out.  It was exactly as I pictured it in my head.  It looks fresh and clean, but not totally new.  I wanted to keep the character and charm of the older piece.  It may not have a silky smooth finish, but it shows some dents from years of being used and loved.  

Tomorrow I will bring this piece to my booth and put it up for sale.  I truly hope that someone will see what I see and want to take it home to cherish it as it should be.  

So, how did I do?  Do you love it as much as I do?  I am going to have a hard time parting with it, but it's ready for someone to take it home!  

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Fireplace Mantle

Hey guys!  I have so much stuff going on I can barely keep up, but I wanted to stop by and let you know I'm still here.  Between trying to get our yard leaf-free, painting furniture and trying to work on our guest room, I rarely have time for much else.  Last week I took down all of our Halloween decor and changed things up with some fall items.

Halloween Mantle

I didn't want to go overboard since I had a lot going for Halloween and will have a lot again for Christmas.  So I went really simple on our fireplace mantle.  One item that I was finally able to mark off my wish list was a dough bowl.  If you are unfamiliar with what a dough bowl is, years ago in Eastern Europe, these bowls were hand carved to be used in making bread.  Each bowl is unique and they come in many different sizes.  These bowls are great to use in home decor.  You can fill it with pretty much anything, and I just love the history that each one contains.

Check out this huge dough bowl. (note my 6'4" tall husband)
 A couple weeks ago I found one online at Antique Farmhouse and bought it.  It's the perfect size to use on our mantle or for a table top display.  I can't wait try more things in it.

For now I just filled the bowl with some decorative balls.  I printed out this "In all things Give Thanks" print that I found as a free download from here.  I really like being able to download printables and adding them to frames around the house.  Not only is it simple to do, but it's inexpensive and can easily be changed out.

The turkey we purchased at Target a couple years ago.  It actually went missing last year, but I found it in time to put him out for this fall.  The brown pumpkin is just a simple paper pumpkin from JoAnn's that I had been meaning to paint but couldn't decide on a color, so I'm leaving it plain for now.  A couple of green bowls with some more gourds and pumpkins round out the rest of the mantle.

Since we do not have a fireplace I added some LED candles to the hearth and this paper flower wreath from Home Goods.  The candles are a great way to add a little drama and mood lighting to our living room at night.  It feels nice to have a simple, clean fireplace again.  Once I start decorating for Christmas the fireplace will get a whole new look.  I was hoping I'd find a nice wood mantle before Christmas but I don't think that will be happening.  Perhaps I'll just add a simple piece of wood to the top, then I'll have a flat surface to put my pretty things on.

So there is my fall/Thanksgiving Fireplace.  What do you think?  I probably won't start decorating for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving.  When do you start decorating?  I know some people who have already started putting Christmas trees up.  I'd love to hear from you!  Don't forget to use my hashtag on Instagram for all your Vintage finds!  #TAFvintagelove.  It may get featured on my IG account or here on my blog!

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