I have to admit, I struggled this time around doing a fall mantel. Not because I didn't have ideas, I had ideas, but no motivation! I didn't want to admit fall was here. However, this weekend it was freezing here in the Midwest and I finally got over my state of denial and admitted fall is here. What else can a girl do?!
On Saturday we went to the local flea market and I found some really pretty minty green pumpkins that finished off my fall mantel decor. I'd been working on it bit, by bit, but it still needed something, so I was thrilled when I found the pumpkins!!
Here's the finished mantel....
This year I wanted to go with a gold theme. I'm loving gold and white together right now and thought adding in some natural elements, like the hydrangeas, would be a good mix with the gold.
The mirror above the mantel is one of my favorite estate sale purchases ever! It's a beautiful carved mirror with an even prettier shape.
In this picture you can see a hint of the painted ceiling and the new wall color. I'm really enjoying the color on the ceiling and the wall color I couldn't love more!
You might recall I redid the mantel and the area above the fireplace when I worked on the Family Room Plank Wall. I added wood tongue and groove planking above the mantel, painted the mantel white and added some reclaimed wood I cut down for trim.
For the touches of white and gold, I bought packages of gourds and mini pumpkins at Target for $6 a bag, then spray painted them in gold and high gloss white paint. My favorite spray paint is always Rustoleum and this time I used their 2X coverage...I highly recommend it! This was an easy and instant update to some boring gourds and pumpkins.
Aren't those minty green pumpkins beautiful?! It's funny how the ugly, bumpy gourds look so pretty now that they have a fancy paint makeover!
The vase is my project from the Flea Market Swap (#swapitlikeitshot) I did with some bloggy friends recently. I love how it brings in that natural beauty with the flowers, along with the pretty gold. Here you can also see the unclose details of the mirror. Look at the colors and the carving! Swoon worthy!
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook (if you don't, you should!) you might have seen the pictures I posted of the cute little squirrel I found last week while thrifting. He got in on the gold and white spray paint makeover too and now has a prominent space on the fall mantel!
Another easy project I did for the mantel was make some pillow covers out of two Thanksgiving napkins I found at Pier1. I sewed an envelope cover to fit over some down-filled pillows I already had lying around the house. When fall is over, all I need to do is take the covers off and put new ones on!
Sometimes it takes me a little while to wrap my head around things....like the idea that my summer weather is long gone! I'm a warm weather girl, so this makes me a bit sad. I have a lot fun family activities coming up in the next few months though, something to look forward to, despite the cold weather!
What's your favorite season? Are you a cold weather person, or do you prefer warm weather?
Thank you for reading!!