Thursday, February 11, 2010

A little paint goes a LONG way

As I said earlier this week, I bit off more than I could chew this past weekend with projects. They snowballed..I started one and then noticed something else and started that and then saw something else and started get the picture.

I wrapped up 2 more last night and that puts the finishing touch on the fireplace! Here is the's a Christmas picture but you'll get the idea of the blech mantle.

Here is the after:

I have not mastered getting a good picture yet (& may never!)
Since we were already contemplating replacing the mantle, I thought I'd try painting it to see if that would help it not look so pitiful. I used high gloss black and I really like it..I might even love the new look! It really ties the mantle into the rest of the room that I'll show later (after I put the laundry away!)

These are a couple of windows that I painted and had hung on a screened porch in my apartment days...I LOVE old WINDOWS!

This is a new little arrangement I'm working with...I need to tweak this but it's ok for now...

I just love this...I like how it's a little kooky & it's alot sentimental.

This is a family clock that was given to me (thanks Mom). It's beautiful and I think the candlesticks with the clock make a perfect grouping.

I painted, waxed & sanded these chunky candlesticks. I wanted to add some white to the mantle and I think this works.

This is the same mirror that I've always used over the fireplace - just I added a chunky frame.

Well, there you have revamped fireplace that cost ZERO dollars because I used stuff I already had. We are looking into building a new mantel in the future but this will do for now.  If you need a change don't be afraid to pick up that paint brush!


  1. What's the compartmentalized thing painted in all different colors? It's REALLY cool!!!

  2. It's a vintage printer's drawer - they kept their typesets in the compartments. I have another one that was given to me by a sweet friend before she moved. The other one will be painted and put up in my bedroom.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE old windows and wood picture frames too!! AND CHALKBOARDS! A girl after my own heart. I have wondered how many old windows, empty picture frames and chalkboards in my house is TOO many...I just can't help myself. Love your blog. Thanks for the comment over on my blog....I'm following you too girl. Us newbies gotta stick together.

  4. Ok, first of all, I thougth for SURE you were going to say, "the other one is up for grabs". haha - silly me!

    Secondly, I love the old window look as well, though I am not a flea market gal (don't have time and Drew doesn't like). Maybe you could hook me up with a few sometime. :)


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