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Monday, January 23, 2012

Mantel Makeover!

Warning the word “mantel” is used without abandonment in this post. If you are allergic to the word mantel please be advised to stay away. You’ve been warned.

When I started writing this post I was on the phone with my BFF and as I was writing the post title I asked her how to spell mantel. I spelled it mantel, she spelled it mantle. So she looked it up in the dictionary and you can in fact spell it either way. Who knew? Just thought I share that little tid bit of information.

I haven’t been crazy about what I had on our mantel since we moved here a year ago. I’d never had a mantel to play with so I really didn’t know what I wanted it to look like.  Back up to a few days ago I remembered that I still had some old windows from my grandparents home in Maine that I hadn’t used for anything yet and this stemmed the mantel makeover.

This is what I was working with. An old window and a bare mantel.


So I (mostly my hubby) took this old window, sanded it down a little, cleaned it off, wiped the glass and then put a clear coat on it to seal it.

It is now the main focus of the mantel.


Since Spring will be here before we know it (it’s 80 here today, don’t be jealous) I thought I’d try some Spring decor’ on it. I love the fact that I’ll be able to change up the wreath in the middle of the window depending on the seasons or holiday. For this picture I chose just a plain grapevine wreath with a vintage hankie tied around it.


I placed some previously spray painted vases on there with some fake flowers and Voila’, my Spring mantel.

But that decor’ was so two days ago and since Valentine’s is just around the corner I had to change it up already.

This is what it looks like right now.


What do you think? Cute? Scary? Too much? Not enough. Talk to me.


I’m still critiquing it, so it may change a little but for now I think it screams Valentine’s Day.  Not to mention it makes me smile.

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Have a lovely day my friends!


  1. I think it looks great! I always love your creativity! Hope your week is off to a great start!

  2. I love it. It does scream Valentines, and it screams it in a Kim sort of way. I love it! :)

    Makes me smile too...so does the word Mantle..Mantel. :)

  3. Hi Kim,
    Wow...that's a great mantel piece...love it ;) :) I like that you can decorate it any which way you want to :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  4. It's great! So VALENTINE'S DAY in-your-face! Nothin wrong with that is there?

  5. I really like it! The window is nice and big for such a big fireplace. All of your other items are a good scale, also! I had a big fireplace kind of like that in our last house...I put up an antique window, too! :)

  6. LOVE IT!!! What a great job!! I love the old window idea!!
    We are SOOO rocking the Mantel bling.. LOL

  7. Very CUTE and so not too much? Is there a thing as to much....LOL! Wishing I had a mantle/el right now!

  8. Very cute my friend!! Love the window/wreath combo! And then you can just change it for each holiday/season - so fun!!

    Big it's-a-cute-mantel-mantle-any-way-you-spell-it size hugs to you!! Love you friend! :)


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