Yeah! I actually remembered a ‘before’ picture! Here is a ‘before’ picture of our plain and boring mantle. It has been like this for years. Why? Lack of inspiration, I guess.
Well, I got inspired! Here it is now! The black mirror was a $3 ugly brass garage sale find that I spray painted glossy black. The tray on the left was a Goodwill find for $2 that had ugly tiles glued to the bottom. I removed them and had my boys cut me a piece of thin wood that I sprayed with chalkboard paint. Love it!
The books are antique books I already had. The super sweet birds nest was compliments of my step dad, eggs and all. The black and white ‘Blessings’ sign was a $2 garage sale treasure. The white and green tin was originally an ugly brass that I picked up for 50 cents. I sprayed it Heirloom White and dry brushed it with my favorite green, stuffed in some hydrangeas I had and, viola!
Another wonderful idea I discovered was this under-the-sink stroke of brilliance! I have been nosing around a website called “Pinterest” and getting all kinds of ideas. I have always been bugged by the spray bottles falling down under the sink. Someone recommended a tension rod to hang them from. I just so happened to have a rod that was the perfect size. It cracks me up how the simplest things make me happy.
This is another project I have been working on. My quiet time table. Sorry, no ‘before’ picture, just an ‘in the middle of’ picture. It was a nice enough table, but I wanted something more fun.
So, I sanded it. Painted it with my favorite green. The same color I used for my headboard. Then I ‘crackled’ it and applied a top coat of creamy white. I then sanded it in spots to remove chunks of paint here and there. The more I took off, the more I loved it. Next step was wiping it with a glaze mixed with some brown paint and wiping it off. I finished with several coats of a spray clear coat. I love it!
Some people don’t ‘love’ the antiqued and distressed look, but I do. I wouldn’t want every piece of furniture like this, but this is perfect.
Here it is in its rightful place, next to my quiet time chair.
Sneak peak! I got this table at Goodwill for $15. It was love at first sight. I called Brian for permission to buy it, anything over $10 I like to check with him. I can get carried away with this passion. Being a furniture lover, he said yes! Wait until you see what I have planned for this!
Hope you enjoyed this lengthy post on what I have been working on lately.