My mantel has been empty since Christmas! I decided that I wanted to do something different, and it took me this long to do it.
I really didn't want to spend any money, so I gathered things from around the house. Some things I didn't use and later I had to go "shopping" for more.
I layered up the paint to give an aged look and filled the urns with scraps of quilt batting (I wasn't about to spend 6 or 7 dollars a piece for styrofoam balls). I hot glued sheets of moss to the batting.
Yes, I spray painted books - first with black and then with cream.
I did purchase two pieces of tarnished silver for the mantel. I spent 11 dollars for the tray and dish. I filled the dish with a doily and a rosette I made from a piece of scrim and set it atop an old corbel.
ro-sette n. an ornament made of ribbons, threads, etc. gathered or tufted in the shape of a rose.
Now, use it in a sentence.
I see a lot of rosettes in my future.
It was fun and so easy to make.
A garden ornament/statue(?) and a piece of silver from my Grandmother's silverware set. When I bought the lady statue, there was a matching man statue that I didn't buy. I still feel really bad that I left the man all alone. Isn't that silly?
And finally, a curtain tieback - just because.
And there you have it. A mantel makeover using things I already had (almost).