Welcome to my stop on the Fall Harvest Blog Hop. I’m so glad that Abbey had me and that I get to share my Fall Mantel with you. I’ll share with you some of my inspirations and some of my easy decorating tips to get your shelves/mantels just right. I tend to like the cluttered look if you didn’t notice. For me, the more the merrier!
So I don’t really have a true mantel. The options that they gave us for a fireplace when we built were not my favorite. It really was just straight against the wall with a small niche for a TV. Not my kind of deal. I love traditional fireplaces, with the ornate detail, all painted white – maybe a little scuffed up. I hope to one day have that but for now I have my Chunky Shelves.
They used to be black when we had our old decor and I needed to lighten it up to really bring brightness into our house. I’ve always been a fan of white and now it’s trending so I have a reason to paint everything white! White is classic and it will never go out. You’re always safe painting something white.
When I decorate these shelves, I really just find all I can and just add and then edit. If you’re ever questioning something, it’s probably not right – I’m always adding and taking away pretty much the entire day I decorate.
My small figures are my most favorite items. I only have them for Halloween and Christmas. The small ones run around $24 a piece but their expressions are so fun. I like to find ones that depict something that we’ve gone through in our lives. That to me is something that I always look for in figurines. My mom has some of these same ones but three little girls to represent the three little granddaughters.
Another thing that I love is filling a vase or object with something interesting. This bird-cage is filled with these ghosts, bats and spiders but they really are bells that hang as ornaments. Collect small items that you can just place in random places. Target has a lot of great items this year. The decor feels old and vintage and just spectacular! The dollar store is another great place to pull inspiration. Check out my post on how I created this calendar and how I pull a lot of items from the dollar store.
The chalk art I created using the method from The Project Girl. She has these great Fall free printables on her site and she did this same process transferring it onto a slate. I got my slate at Michaels for $10 and followed her instructions to create mine. I love it! To see how I created mine, check out the Hazel and Ruby blog here. I used the Hazel and Ruby Chalk Art Kit that is simply amazing. You can easily use their stencils as well to create a similar look too! I also made some really fun DIY Cork Letter Magnets for my little spellers recently too!
I got the great owl from Target, the dolls and various items are just from some local boutiques. The medicine jars I was able to find at a flea market and I just printed labels from Martha Stewart Online, I added some brown ink on the top of it for some aging. The various letter F’s are from Michaels with the exclusion of the green one which I also found at a flea market. The treat bags are Print Then Cut by Cricut which you can see the full instructions here. The skull is from the dollar store which I just painted with glitter paint. I’d paint it black first before if I were to do it again. It took a lot of paint!
Again, I don’t have a traditional mantel but that doesn’t stop me from decorating a fabulous piece. These cost me less than $45 to construct and they are so fun to decorate for every holiday. Take what you can and make it work to your advantage. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. These things I’ve collected over the years and it’s fun to add it and see what it looks like. Just make sure that you stick with a pretty consistent color palette to ensure that everything is cohesive.
So now here are the other bloggers I’ve teamed up with to share their Fall Harvest Ideas with you! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration!
Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!!
A table that you can make for under $30? It’s true! I had some of the supplies on hand like the stain, white latex paint, and silver spray paint. This looks so chic and clean next to some rustic elements in our family room. I love the ease of this and how easy it was to find these items at my local Target and Home Depot.
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This DIY Side Table was so easy to make and it was completely dry by the end of the day. Easy projects like this make it why I want to make all the tables!
Supplies for your DIY Side Table
How do you make a DIY Side Table?
I started first by prepping my wood round. I lightly sanded it, even though it came pre-sanded, and wiped it off with a soft, lint-free rag. I began by using my favorite stain, Minwax Weathered Oak. You can tell how much I love my stain by the dented can above! You’ll want to use a skewer to stir your stain. It allows the smaller particles in the bottom to mix more evenly with the mineral spirits. Dip your rag inside and rub your stain in the direction of the grain of the wood. I did 3 coats of stain with about 1 hour between each coat.
Make sure your edges are also filled with the stain. I did that with a sponge brush and a rag underneath to catch any drips. I only had to do one coat of that.
How do I add accent paint to my DIY Side Table?
Now to the accent paint. I used my trusty blue painter’s tape and sectioned off a piece of the wood. I just chose how much I wanted to be the accent color. There was no science to this part, obviously. I made sure I pressed real securely on the edges to make sure I had no bleeding.
How do I paint the wire base of my DIY Side Table?
While the top was drying, I sprayed my base. I could have left it white, but the color of white in my house is a creamy white, not a true white which is the color of this base. It would have looked fine, but for someone like me who can’t handle even the slightest offset of colors, I couldn’t let this fly. I just used some silver spray paint I had on hand leftover from another art project. I just sprayed it on my grass. Now I’ve got a pretty silver circle in my front yard! If anyone is looking for me in the sky, you’ll know where I am! Just do two coats of the spray paint and spray it 12″ away to get an even coat. Allow it to dry in between coats of spray paint.
How do I secure the base for my DIY Side Table?
I placed the top that I wanted on the ground face down then measured 2″ all around. I placed the bin so the open side was facing up and placed in the middle of the wood round. I then took my masonry staples and hammered them onto the wood round. These are very sturdy, I only needed 4 and it held like a champ. I flipped it over, dusted it off, and sprayed a final coat of my quick drying polyurethane from Rustoleum, another one of my faves I keep on hand.
I love how this turned out. It was a day project, but each step maybe took about 5-20 minutes each. This has ended up looking really classy and elegant in our room. I love it paired with our old glass medicine bottles. I live for the old and the new. I live to create. I can’t take all the credit. I did get a lot of inspiration from this original wire side table from Jenna Sue. Take a look at the finished product and let me know how you think it looks.
Create these farmhouse coffee shelves and update them with milk paint. Easy process to do it alone. This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Today I am going to give you a sneak peek into my home. We are slowly, and I emphasize the word slowly, trying to go from gold tones to grey tones in this house. We had planned last year for me to return to work and buy a larger home, that didn’t work out. You see, I have Fibromyalgia and it is rough a lot of the time for me. I am still adjusting to everyday life and trying to deal with this weird pain. Going back to work was not easy for me, so we decided that if we weren’t going to move into a new home, then I was going to make this home the way that we wanted. Easy trade right? Nope! I’ve still had paint for a year that my husband hasn’t touched. So in starting this blog, I will show you how we are going to transform this house.
So if any of you follow me on Instagram, you know that my husband and I had the opportunity to be in Costa Rica last week. It was awesome! We had the time of our lives and really won’t have an opportunity like this for a long time to take a childless vacation. Now it’s back to reality…
We built these shelves about 2.5 years ago using Shelley, from The House of Smiths, tutorial on her DIY chunky shelves. We had them painted black for some time but I’m looking to lighten things up in my life. While attending The Vintage Whites Market, I went to the Sweet Pickins Furniture booth. I grabbed the Window Pane milk paint color. It has a white look but with grey and blue undertones. I talked more with Sausha about mixing and took her small demonstration on how to paint your furniture. Since this paint was not sealed earlier, I didn’t need to use the Extra Bond required on other furniture.
To mix, just use equal parts milk paint powder and warm water and put inside a mason jar. Shake really well to get all the clumps out. I let mine sit for about 15 minutes to get all the air bubbles out. The creamier the first coat, the better. I really should have taken pictures but this is real life! I don’t plan that far ahead. It will have the same the same consistency as latex paint.
You don’t want to use more than 3 coats of milk paint. I grabbed a few .30 cent brushes from my local hardware store and used 1 for each coat. I’m not going to worry about cleaning those out. You’ll see that these are the shelves after the first coat of milk paint.
You can see the milk paint starting to naturally lift with each coat you use. After the first coat, let it dry for 2 hours and sand lightly. Continue with the other 2 coats with 2 hours in between each one. It’s going to feel dry and you may think you can do another coat but wait it out. The smaller photo above shows before I did the final sanding. You can really tell where the milk paint will lift off. If you want more of a distressed finish, then keep sanding. This is pretty fail-proof.
I love the chippy look that the milk paint gives. You can still see some black underneath with a little bit of the natural wood. This project was so effortless. It did help that I had the shelves done and those were pretty dang easy too. I love that these hold my Easter plaques from Poppy Seed Projects so well and some of my antique treasures paired with some new.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. You may just love the results and start painting everything in milk paint.