Hi friends! I am literally re-writing this post ‘Quick and Easy: Semi-DIY Mantel Makeover.’ This was supposed to go live yesterday, but as I was working on a few finishing touches and about to take pictures of the project, the wall art fell and the rest of the mantel decor items had the domino effect. So, I found myself picking up broken pieces on the floor instead. After checking what caused this to happen, it turned out that I missed one screw to secure the wall art. Oppsss. ..
Am I disappointed? YES!!! But I chose not to dwell on the mishaps. In fact, as I helplessly watched it happened, I was scratching my head and laughing at the same time. 😜 I could not do anything to stop it. The good thing that came out of this is I can explore other decors to use, and most of all, I am relieved that Chase (my Shih Tzu) 🐶 was not in the same spot when it happened. In moments like this, when I remind myself that things could go wrong whether it’s with or without my control. As I always say, I would rather give myself grace, learn from it, do better next time and move on. ..
Now let’s talk about quick and easy semi-DIY mantel makeover. One year later at our house. It occurred to me that I have tried a few different times to get our mantel bedecked the way it is now. I still remember the moment I stepped into our house I knew then that I wanted to make our fireplace mantel the focal point of the entire space. The challenge is its placement. It’s a bit awkward. And I am not sure about the tiles used around the fireplace that matched with the floor. Seriously?! Without a doubt, it’s not my style.
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What did I do different this time? Firstly, I painted the fireplace mantel wall with Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW 7004). You see, when we moved in, the entire house interiors were painted with commonly called the contractor’s beige. That bothers me big time. So, I painted our interior with a few shades of gray except for the master and boys’ bathrooms, and laundry room as of this writing.
Then, I used wallpaper to cover the beige tiles wrapped around the fireplace. I am absolutely elated the way it turned out. It’s simple, and it’s precisely the way I wanted it to be. The installation of the wallpaper was quick and easy. It took me about 15-minutes to get the right cut and complete the installation. I used a pair of scissors and Z series knife to cut the excess wallpaper. Simplicity is my favorite word on my DIY, decorating, and organizing projects. If you have been following along, you will surely notice it on every single project that I put my hands on.
In case you are planning to do the same project, it took about 4-hours to get it done considering the drying time of the paint. I applied three coats of paint since I used primer and paint in one and besides the surface I re-painted was dark. I covered the contractor’s beige that came with the house in this room with Sherwin Williams Essential Gray (SW 6002). Painting the wall now with Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW 7004) I was able to match it with the mantel.
Are you ready? It’s time to decorate. ..
What are the items I used to decorate our mantel?
* Clear Glass Vase
* Faux Stems and Flowers
* Candle Holders
* Indoor Plant
* Sheepskin Stool
* Miscellaneous Items
Overall, the result of this quick and easy project is what I aimed for. Maintaining a minimalist style throughout the house without losing the elegant look can be tricky at times. For our mantel, I embraced the asymmetrical placement of the décor items to give it a sense of style.
What decor items do you display on your mantel? Do you decorate on every season? What’s your decorating style?
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