Monday, September 16, 2013

New Mantel Art and Fall Inspiration

"It's not really free but it's not new money."
Buzz Kill!!
I was relishing in the cute factor of my new mantel art. 
I was using words like "awesome" and "amazing". 
I finally said that I love free from the garage.
That was Bill's response. 
"It's not really free.... blah, blah, blah."
He is such a banker. 

If you ask me it's an insult to all of us that love to repurpose stuff. 
Stuff that was in the Goodwill pile!

I had this picture.
It is a copy of a gorgeous painting we saw at The Met in New York City.
The Calmady Children by Sir Thomas Lawrence. 
I saw this copy at Kirkland's shortly after our trip to New York and I fell in love with it all over again. 
It was in my room for a while and then I moved it to Bekah's room.

I re-did her bedding with more blue and the print didn't have any blue except for the satin ribbon around the older sister's dress. Sometimes colors will pop out of a painting when in a room with like colors. Not this time. The ribbon was really the only blue.
 I put a $1.00 Aubusson print of herons in a frame and that became the new art for her room. 

I set the Calmady children in the garage and thought I would give it to the thrift store. 
I was waffling because it has such a nice, sturdy frame.

I took some photos of the mantel on Saturday to show off my no sew pumpkin. 

This morning I decided I needed a brighter white piece for over the mantel. I went out to the garage to look for stuff and I found the frame. 
I also found an old piece of tin ceiling tile from Old Home Supply in Fort Worth.

It fit perfectly!!


What are the chances of that?
I smooked a little white primer on both

 and put up the new "art".

A project that I thought would take all day was done in a hour. 
I am loving the texture and simplicity of this piece and I can't wait the do some seasonal changes on this mantel.

Right now I have some faux pears and dried look grass and my darling burlap sunflower.

I also styled a non-spooky Halloween Mantel.
I got the raven in Alaska this summer so I will be using him as we get closer to Halloween. 
I am loving this mantel decor. 

I made the fall banner last year and never even showed it on the blog. 
It is no-sew. 
I will do a tutorial soon.

The mantel on Saturday.

The mantel today.

In spite of Bill's no new money spent philosophy,
I love it!


Don't worry I will show off more of the Halloween mantel in another post. 

Linking with,
Between Naps on the Porch 
 A Stroll Through Life   
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia   
The Scoop/ White Lace Cottage   
Savvy Southern Style  
 French Country Cottage   
The Charm of Home  
Funky Junk Interiors 


  1. I love the mantle, it is the coolest, love the sign that says boo or fall, I am so happy someone is getting into the halloween time of year...come over and see my scary guests and let me know what you think...Phyllis

  2. I love your mantel vignette and the art work is so original and creative. Love it. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. Your art project is great! If I saw something like that in a store, I'd want to buy it. And the fact that the tin fit the frame perfectly? Well, they were just meant to be together!

  4. Your mantel is beautiful and your art project is great! Would love it if you came by One More Time Events and shared...

  5. Love your fall mantle! Love your piece you created! It looks perfect!

  6. great idea of meddling the two together. Really love the look of your fireplace.