Merry Mantel


Fireplace mantel with spray painted chrome pinecones
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  Now that the planning for one holiday is behind us, another one quickly approaches in three weeks.  Yes, THREE weeks!   I truly haven’t even started to shop yet, but I did get some decorating in this past Sunday after returning home. It was a good feeling to get it done so I can move on to bigger projects like figuring out what to buy everyone for the holidays.

The mantel in the house sometimes gets more attention than the tree.  That truly is the situation in my house because the television is on top and the fireplace is on the bottom.  There isn’t much wiggle room for décor, but I manage to get more in than I did last year.

Last year a quick and easy project was to spray paint pinecones with white, gray, and black spray paint; cheap, easy, and festive.  They were layered with votive candles and the holiday stockings.  I thought it was a little weak, so this year I spruced it up by taking pinecones that I already had and spray-painted them a chrome finish.  The finished products turned out to be way better than expected. I layered the old and new pinecones with a string of garland, white rope lighting, new holiday stockings (bought at TJ Maxx), and a few faux votive candles in blue.  I also rescued a secret Santa metal tree from a few years back that I absolutely loathed by spray painting it chrome allowing it to be less terrible than it was. Add the fire and the mantel is done.

If you look at the pictures you’ll notice the pussy willows also go dressed up with some blue balls…am I the only one laughing?  The JOY sign was also a part of the chrome spray paint party, but I'm not totally happy with the outcome so they will have a facelift soon.  That project will be coming soon.

However you dress up your mantel, it will be merry.   How are you decorating your mantel this year?

<3 mk

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