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Friday, March 25, 2011

spring mantel...



Our family room is finally starting to take shape... Here's the before-before pic - before we even moved in. Notice the dark-wood built ins, grass wallpaper and popcorn ceiling. We changed all that - and added recessed lighting.


The shutters started out like this. I think I paid $3 (which is actually kind of lot considering the shape they were in, but they came from Habitat ReStore, so it was for a good cause). I removed the louvres and ran a bead of glue alongside the slats to help them stay in place.




I painted them with my freebie paint from Valspar {love}...


They turned out just a little too "seafoam green" (remember the 90's?) for me, so I toned it down with some of these. Just a little glaze...

And then distressed them really well. I love distressing - you kind of can't go wrong. The candle holders are from Goodwill - maybe 2 or 3 bucks for the pair. Painted them with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. The sea glass and "floating" candles are from Dollar Tree. Oh, and the mirror - purchased from Craigslist for $20 and painted white. Green mercury glass birds from the after-Christmas sale at World Market - I think I paid $3 each. So...what Spring sprucing-up are you doing? Leave me a comment - and link to your site, if you like! HAPPY SPRING! Linking up here...











7 comments:

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

I think it's pretty and I especially love the little green glass birds. So fresh!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So charming!! I love those sweet shutters and your darling little glass birds!! Love it! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Meghan said...

Love those birds!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the little birds. :) You did a great job of decorating it without being cluttered...I need to work on that. ;)

Thank you so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Have fun finding a new blog friend or two, and I hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon! :)

Trisha said...

Turned out great! I just love those little birds :)

Megan said...

oh I just love your mercury glass birds. I want them!!!

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

katydidinc said...

So pretty. Love the shutters.