Making a Mantel Marvelous!

One of the most fun hobbies I have picked up after being home for a while is attending estate sales around the area.  I went to one last week in old Leawood, about 20 minutes from my house, in hopes of finding some treasures to fix up my living room fireplace mantel.

Before I went, I found some pictures of mantels that I liked on Pinterest and other blogs and put in my notes what I liked about them.  This way I wasn’t buying a bunch of stuff I didn’t need and had an idea of what to look for.

After taking down all the Christmas decorations, I wanted something that looked fresh and a little green….I’m already ready for spring.


I attended the 2nd day of the sale so most of the time the items left on day 2 are 30% off.  (Day 3 is 50% off but most of the good stuff is usually gone by that time)


Here is what I came home with:


A couple of the items were for other places in my house, but mostly, this was for the mantle.   I spent a little over 30.00.


The next thing I did was looked in my basement storage for items I already had but weren’t using.  When I bought these items years ago, my house was decorated in brown tones.  I bought some creamy color paint at target to update these pieces.



I also found this great real boxwood wreath by Smith and Hawkin at Target as well.


The next day, I was at the Apple store and right next door was a shop called Paper Source.  Have you ever been there?  It is AMAZING and so right up my alley!!  I was shocked I had never been in or told about it.  There were so many neat things to make, classes to take and cute gifts to give.  I bought some really pretty papers in black and white stripe, polka dot and floral and covered some of my hardback books that I have on the mantel and on the shelves in the front room.



The final mantel product; a little farmhouse and a little Lori.  My sister-in-law gave me the Mackenzie-Childs candles for Christmas, and it was fun to incorporate those in.  The greenery I had from Nell Hills; my favorite home store in Kansas City.  The windowpane and heart picture are inexpensive purchases from First Fridays in the West Bottoms.   The shutters were old medicine cabinets that I found at Habitat for Humanity.  I ended up taking the metal cabinet off the back and painting them black.  The pots and books  were my estate sale purchases.










6 thoughts on “Making a Mantel Marvelous!

  1. Loved reading about your mantle project, Lori! Interesting to see the steps you took to get to the final result. Thanks for sharing!!! I gained some insight and inspiration!

  2. BEAUTIFUL Lori!!
    I am trying to channel Joanna Gaines these days and moving away from my golds, reds and tuscan darkness…. anxious to follow you and see what beautiful things you come up with that I can steal……LOL

  3. Yay! Loved reading this and seeing the beautiful end result.. and the candles look great! 😜❤️ Great job Lori!!

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