Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Redressing The Mantel

Since I took my mirror down to be painted, I took everything off my mantel.  With the mirror going back up, I thought I’d do a post about decorating it.  Let me just tell you that this is a difficult room to photograph, flash or no flash.  I’ve got windows and a set of french doors, as well as two skylights in here, so trying to avoid a glare is near impossible.  So I apologize for the pictures and the ceiling fans reflected in the mirror.

Here it is as a blank slate. 


My hubby made this mantel and did the tile surround.  I love the decorative moldings he used.



Let’s get the mirror back up there and in place.  Lovely!  So glad I painted it the Oil Rubbed Bronze and did the Rub n Buff.


Since I know my topiaries are going back up there, I’ll do them first.


Then the mantel clock I bought at a Florida flea market 15 years ago.


Now I’ll layer in my pictures that I did here, with the frames that I painted in Oil Rubbed Bronze.


Some books, and those fleurs and orbs I found at the dollar store {also painted in . . . you guessed it, Oil Rubbed Bronze}.




So happy I painted that mirror!

Linking up to the Vignette Party over at Beth’s, The Story of A to Z!   Didn’t Beth do a pretty button for it?  Be sure to come by and see what everyone else links up, too!



Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

So pretty!! Our mantle is very plain. Yours is so lovely!!


Blondie's Journal said...

Your mantle looks really pretty. I love the oil rubbed bronze, too. It looks fantastic on your mirror. Your husband did such a nice job on the mantle and tile. Wow!

I have the same problem as you with photographing anything in my living room because of the light. Someone gave me the advice to stand back and zoom in on what I wanted to photograph and that we take care of the glare. Maybe this will help.

Hope you are having a nice week. I hope to be in the party next time!


DesignTies said...

Very pretty mantel :-) Your hubby did a great job building it, and you did a great job decorating it :-)

I've got the same "paint it oil rubbed bronze" bug that you have!! I've sprayed Dollar Store finds, switch plate covers, and floor vents so far. Who knows what will be my next victim -- anything that stands still is fair game!! ;-)


Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It looks great! Love your mirror transformation and the decorative molding is gorgeous. Your mantelscape is eye catching. Nicely done!

Erin said...

I love books on the mantlel! Your whole set up is very pretty!

Heathahlee said...

So pretty! I always feel like I have too much stuff on my mantle. But I love it all so I don't want to take it off! : )

Sonny G said...

Kathy, it looks wonderful.. I love how you placed your items.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oil rubbed bronze, my favorite paint fo all time. Love it. YOur mirror and all of your accessories look fabulous. Beautiful job and your photography is wonderful too. I also host a party every Tuesday called Table Top Tuesdays. This is where we show every kind of vignette or display possible on any surface in the house. Hope you will join us sometime. Hugs, Marty

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Love it! The molding is fabulous, and of course the accessorizing is beautiful.


Tammy@InStitches said...

Very nice Kathy ! I'm going to have to get some more oil rubbed bronze.

Jen @ said...

So pretty Kathy! I love the detail in your mantle. I love the Eiffel Tower picture!


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Beautiful! The mirror turned out perfectly!

Love it all!


Jennifer Juniper said...

It looks great! That paint is a miracle worker, isn't it?

Sandra said...

Aren't ORB and Rub N Buff a perfect couple? Hee hee! I love using both to give something a more detailed look. love it! You did a great job! Kathy, you should have an ORB party some time so we can all join in! :)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Beautiful oil bronze...Hope you have a great Easter my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Angie said...

Looks great how you layered pieces. I always have a hard time decorating my mantel. I was actually trying to redo it the other day, but haven't decided what to put on it.

One Cheap B*tch said...

I wish I had a mantel. =( The only thing close is the fake fireplace in the basement/family room. Sigh...

Shaunna said...

It looks lovely...that is some beautiful detailing! I giggled at your question...dirt dobber is probably a very Southern expression...but they look just like wasps, but good stingers! :) shaunna

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

LOVE the look of the mantel. The paint is fabulous and can't wait for my can to arrive to get to my painting too.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

That molding is simply gorgeous! I love the added greens and your ORB projects. I still need to find those DT finials...Great job - love the simplicity!

Marianne said...

Lovely to see your vignette come to live! And yes, so good of you to paint the mirror, it looks wonderful.

Little Lovables said...

it looks lovely, I love the aged paint you are using.

lafamiglia said...

I love the layering of frames and accessories, gives it such depth! Always drawn to fleur-de-lis! Monica

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Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Wow - your hubby did a great job with those decorative moldings! The mantel looks great! Found you through A Soft Place To Land's mantel party.

Anonymous said...

First visit to your blog via Kimba's Soft Place to Land. Your mantel is so elegant. I love how you balanced the reds and how they pop against the blacks. Thank you for sharing.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, The mantle looks wonderful! Don't you just love ORB? I've gone crazy and sprayed so many things with this paint.

Al said...

It looks great

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