Friday, August 23, 2013

Junk on the Mantel and Vintage Chair Redo


Well hello.  So today I had a little fun playing with my mantel decor.  Can you believe I still had a tiny Christmas Tree in a glass hurricane vase with fake snow up there?  Couple more months and there would be no need to change it.  I've been meaning to update it but it sorta got away from me.  Today was the day.  I wanted to stage a couple of chairs I just finished and I thought the mantel would make a nice backdrop.  The chairs have a Restoration Hardware vibe to them so I thought I'd go with it and create a neutral industrial feel.   


I busted out my best junk.  My newest is the rusty wheel pulley on the left.  I picked it up the other day with two antique upholstered chairs and six railroad spikes.  The gal that owns the store wanted to know what what the heck I was doing with such random things.  Of course I didn't think they were random at all.



The chairs I painted with Shutter Gray Milk Paint, distressed, then waxed with clear and dark wax.  I tried to paint them cleanly and not distress but I couldn't.  The heart wants what the heart wants.


  
The outside back and seats are done in a cream canvas fabric.    



For the backs I used reproduction grain sacks.  On line they look a little lighter colored then they actually are but I am still happy with them.  I used the seams from the burlap sacks to cover the staples instead of welting. 



 Just for fun here's the before.



So do you change your mantel decor with the seasons?  If so have you changed to fall yet? ;)




To see more about the mantle check these posts out: 
DIY Mantel tutorial
Herringbone Faux Mantel insert


Update: 
I tweaked the mantle.

Junk Mantel Decor

I swapped the glass ball jar for a rusty urn and added a pop of green with some moss. 





To see more about the mantle check these posts out: 
DIY Mantel tutorial
Herringbone Faux Mantel insert

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14 comments:

  1. wow those chairs are the coolest, you did such a great job on those and love the things on that mantle, I just love the mantle period...wish I had one just like it...

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  2. Everything looks just perfect. Love the chairs, and your mantle looks just right. Great job!
    Jeannie

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  3. How beautiful - love your chairs - and that herringbone insert in your fireplace is absolutely GORGEOUS !!!!
    XOXO

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  4. Your chairs turned out great. And I am so lovin' your fireplace. I have one I built in my bedroom about 8 years ago, but the studio needs one too....and before the Christmas open house! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. hahaha about the Christmas tree.... I'm pretty bad about changing, but not that bad. I detest decor. I am so bad at it... I need someone to come stage my mantel. YOURS looks great Mimi, as do those chairs! Seriously, love that you used the hem in lieu of welting. so clever you are!

    great job!

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  6. As always, Mimi... just lovely! Junky lov-er-ly!

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  7. Really nice job on the chairs. My parents had those exact same chairs in their bedroom for years and years. Very sturdy and well-made and I'm sure they weren't cheap when they were purchased in the 1970's. I wish I would have had the vision to keep them when my Mom died and we moved my Dad out of their house. No one wanted them and they ended up at the Goodwill with a truck load of other stuff. They would look awesome in my living room right now. I'm sure someone scored big time!

    Love all your projects! You really inspire me!

    Thanks,
    Carol Hake
    Lakeside, California

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  8. Sorry, No the mantel is not for sale. I do have a tutorial linked above if you or someone you know likes to build.

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  9. You had me at "Junky Mantel"...love it :)

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  10. Love you mantel! I love how you filled your fireplace. So classy. New follower.

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