One of the advantages of gathering "treasures" all year is having everything on hand when it comes time to do a little redecorating. Since the theme for this weeks Saturday Nite Special link party hosted by Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors is Fall Mantels, I decided to put some of my finds to work and redecorate my living room mantel for Halloween.
I had not touched my living room mantel since I took the Christmas decorations down last January. I didn't take a picture of the "before" mantel but just imagine one picture hanging above the mantel, very plain.....funny how I overlooked how bad it looked all year.
So I went completely opposite for my Halloween mantel and I packed it with Halloween and thrift store finds.
I didn't spend any time making anything new for the mantel, I just gathered some things I had or had already made and went to work layering all of the pieces.
The first piece I added to the mantle was a large frameless mirror I bought at a thrift store for $2.00 Next I layered an empty black frame on top of the mirror and then added a painted canvas sign that was a retail purchase several years ago.
Two old shutters (thrift store find for $5.00 for the pair) were added left and right of the mirror. They have the perfect worn look for a Halloween display.
Then I just started adding stuff......a "Boo" display I made last year, some old books, wire brush tree, candles, thread spool, and an altered cabinet card.
A vintage camera and skull.
And on the right side......more old books, candles, clock face, pumpkins, and my altered shoe form.
It's quite a change from what I've been looking at all year and I'm happy with the new look.
To get a look at a lot of fabulous fall mantels, link back to Donna's blog. Lots of wonderful inspiration!