Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Thrifty Fall "Mantel" Tweaks

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Ever buy something with a definite plan in mind of using it one way, only to end up doing something completely different with it than you intended?

Take this little jar, for example. I had actually overlooked it at Goodwill several times because of its nondescript, ivory color, but for $0.99 I figured I could make it over easily! As a matter of fact, I had every intention of spray-painting it a fantastic color, like aqua, as soon as I got it home! But when I set it on my fall "fantel" (faux mantel-- actually my desktop) to take the "before" picture, I realized that it was exactly what my mantel display needed!

Here is my fall mantel before the addition of the jar-- not terrible, just missing something...

L to R: Yarn balls (Goodwill) & leaves (back yard) in corked jars (yard sale), mirrored star from Goodwill, wicker decorative balls (Walmart- clearance) in lidded glass jars (Goodwill), "GRATITUDE" sign (yard sale) on old books (thrift stores), ivory jar from Goodwill, spray-painted silver pumpkins & pears with pheasant feathers (found) in glass vase (thrift store)

...But the jar perfectly fills in the gap! I'm not saying that I won't end up spray-painting it aqua at some point in the future... but for now, it's found a perfect, albeit accidental, home!

Moral of the story: Don't get stuck on one plan, use, or location, for your decorations!  If you have an area you think is "missing something", shift things around-- you just might find the perfect answer was right under your nose all the time! :)

So have you been doing any decor "tweaking" lately"? Made any last-minute changes, or spur-of-the-moment makeovers?

P.S. Check out my new "Project Gallery" up on top bar, and see if there are any projects you've missed!

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  1. What a pretty fall mantel! And I'm with you - always tweaking!

  2. Your mantel looks great. I love the neutral colors. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! :)


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