Friday, February 1, 2013

Let's Go Pickin': Dressing up your winter mantle

Let's Go Pickin'
by Candice Helton

I love this time of year. It doesn't get any better than snuggling up next to a nice warm fire on a cold winter day with the ones that you love. However, who wants to curl up next to a drab fireplace? Did you know that you could create an inviting mantle with junk found at yard sales, thrifts, or even on the side of the road? Pictured are two unique looks I created for under $20 each.

On your next outing keep your eyes open for bottles and jars. You can find these all the time at your local thrift store. I have been known to even save all the empty bottles from my refrigerator too. These are great for creating small flower arrangements. You can even add twigs for more of a rustic look, like I did in the picture (below, to the right?) I purchased all of these for just $1. Books are another thing that you will find plenty of at yard sales and thrifts. Look for coordinating colors to stack on the mantle. They are a great way to add a small pop of color to your room and cost very little. Leave a few quilts and floor pillows close by so you will always have a soft place to curl up and read a book or take a cat nap. I found these soft crocheted blankets at a local thrift shop for $2 each. I tend to stay away from items that can be purchased from department stores but, I couldn't pass up the beautiful framed canvas painting for just $5 at a yard sale. What a steal! The total cost of this makeover was right around $18.

I love taking junk and re purposing it. Reclaimed wood has become quite popular lately and can cost a pretty penny. Plan a weekend to drive down some old winding roads and you are sure to spot and old barn. I am one that will walk up and knock on some ones door to ask if they are interested in letting me rummage through it. You can find some great junk! Look for fallen board and ask if they are interested in getting rid of them. I made the wooden mantle piece out of wood I got completely free from a 100 year old tear down I just happened to pass by. I simply screwed four boards to two 2X2’s and added a piece in the middle to replicate a small barn door but, you can easily find step-by-step instructions online. Adding a wreath is an easy way to change the feel of your room and it can be changed every season for a new look. I found this wreath for $1 and made little fabric rolled rosettes out of scrap fabric from a previous project. The total for the redo was just $8.

Get out there and dig around. You will always find unique pieces to add to your home and will not have to feel guilty about breaking the bank for your next decor project.
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