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.