I’ve been showing my mantel a little love lately. For weeks, the mantel had been bare and I kinda liked it that way for a while. But that only lasted until I pulled out our Valentine decorations. Now it’s all dressed up and I’m ready to show you our Valentine’s Day Mantel, 2015 version.
I was really liking the red garland so I decided to paint some shutters red. No, I didn’t paint my green shutters because I had a shutter disaster when I was taking down the Christmas decorations. One shutter fell from the mantel and crashed to the floor, breaking it to pieces. No real harm, though, because I had another set that I had purchased in the fall for $2.
They were white and in good condition, but I wanted old, chippy shutters. So I read a tutorial online about how you could brush Elmer’s glue onto them and then when you put paint on top it would crackle. Well, that method did not work for me! All I had was a mess and shutters that wouldn’t operate because they had been glued! So I spray painted them a beautiful, dark red color (Valspar-Color Radiance-Radiant Red-flat) that I found at Lowe’s. And although they aren’t chippy, I think they are beautiful!
A few days ago, my sister-in-law Jean and I were out shopping, and I ran across some branches of artificial quince that were about $2 each. What a deal! I just love quince because we have some shrubs in the yard. But it will be a while before they will be in bloom.
Then I started placing some of my Easy to Make Fabric Hearts on the mantel, putting some of them in front of the speakers that reside on top of the mantel.
The mantel was starting to come together, but when I found these vintage-looking Valentine’s, I stuck GOLD! I just adore them. They remind of cards that I innocently exchanged with classmates years ago.