The seashell mirror that I just finished and hung above the fireplace made the mantle ask for a change of scene, too. It wanted to be lightened up and I totally agree.
Off came the heavy accessories and up went some new pieces (some are actually old). It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to use. I shopped the basement and other rooms first, but there just wasn’t much that I wanted to use for the look I was going for. I finally found something that I really like to replace the evergreen topiaries on each end of the fireplace. I also wanted to change the HUGE candle that weighs a ton for something airier. I decided to use a wooden box and some old books that I had to create the new centerpiece.
I still love everything about the before.
After five years, it was time for a change.
I love this look too.
For the centerpiece, I used this wooden box and some old books that I already had.
I found a load of antlers at an antique mall this weekend for $1.00 each.
These kind of pale tattered books are very popular in design right now.
I think the antlers were perfect for a natural, relaxed look.
Finding bases for the new cloches were the most fun of all.
I got both of the old column bases from Resurrect Antiques.
It is one of my favorite local places to shop.
I used an old firehouse movie reel box as a lift for this one.
The old nails in the top of this base serves to balance the seashell.
I am pleased with the new look for the mantle.
I would love to lighten the walls, but this finish wasn’t cheap and it took a long time to do.
Plus, I have so many mini makeovers going on, I wouldn’t attempt to start a big one.
This is a tiny preview of another makeover I am working on right now.
Anyone want to guess what I am making with this molding?
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