Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rustic Sophistication- Fall Mantel

  I love my fall mantel!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I've had something in mind for the mantel for a while now, but I wasn't sure how my ideas would play out in real life.  Sometimes things look better in my mind than they do in reality, but this fall mantel came out just like I wanted.  It's my favorite mantel of all time.  True- I've only decorated a few, but who's counting.  Of course, I'm a wee bit bias to my own work, but it is in fact, the exact look I was going for, with of course, a budget to match.  My total cost - $3.  Honest. I'm calling this rustic sophistication.  

  Do you like it or do you LOVE it?  I know some of you like it just as it is and some of you love it.... I had you at $3 didn't I?  I'm big on challenging myself not to spend money, or very little of it, when it comes to decorating Lewisville.  This is the rustic sophistication fall mantel I was looking to create.  Scoot, scoot Martha.  Ok, maybe I shouldn't go that far, but a girl can dream. 

  First, let me say I was inspired by this picture on Pinterest.  I'm addicted to pinterest, and I pin all the crafty ideas that catch my eye, especially if they're easy and cheap.  I have big eyes and therefore, pin quite often.  
Sorry- I tried to find the source :(
  It's beautiful, right?  I'm saving this for inspiration in my someday, dream home.  You know what gets me- the simplicity of the branches.    They're just branches in a vase!  So the wheels in my mind starting spinning and it went a little something like this,  "Hey, I have a vase and I have branches in my back yard.  I can do this."  That's pretty much how it went.  One picture and I was off decorating.

  I did in fact go out to my back yard and gathered branches that would snap off easily from one of my trees.  The leaves here haven't completely turned, so when they do, I'll add a few more branches with colorful leaves. I arranged them in this clear candle holder I used in my Spring Mantel.  It came from the Dollar Tree.
    The candles, candle holders, clock, and mirror are also a part of my original spring mantel.  These items pretty much stay on the mantel through each season, and I decorate around them. 

  I took this wood wreath used for my Spring Door Wreath, and originally from Dollar Tree also, and decided to make it more rustic (by the way, I do shop at other stores beside Dollar Tree).   I was out of espresso spray paint, but I did have wood stain on hand.  I used English Chestnut from Minwax and just applied it with a sponge paint brush, one side at a time.  I didn't get the stain in every nook and cranny, but it was good enough for me.

Here it is with one side stained.

  Have you noticed how people are mixing gold and silver lately?  I love this look, so I thought with my gold mirror, silver pumpkins would look great.  I didn't want the traditional fall colors on the mantel; I was looking to do something different.  The problem is, I couldn't find silver pumpkins anywhere.  So I bought the regular plastic pumpkins from the $1 bin at Target, brought them home, and went to work.

  I first spray painted them with white primer.  They sat outside to dry for about 15 minutes while I was busy inside prepping for dinner.  It's the life of a blog mom!  Paint a little, make dinner, paint some more- Fabulous, darling.

  Once the primer dried (and dinner was on the stove), I just spray painted the pumpkins metallic silver from Rust Oleum, and they turned out exactly how I wanted.  This was a super easy project that adds a little beauty to the rustic branches.  I just may have to paint a few more.  "HAVE TO"

  I added these acorns, also found at the $1 bin at Target too, and added a few to the candles.  They add a little fall charm to the mantel.  I usually add ribbon to my candles, but in this case, I used the twine I had on hand and wrapped it around the candles like ribbon.  Again- Love it!  

  All the other little add ons came from around my house.  That was it.  The mantel has the rustic charm of fall mixed with a little bit of my love for all things shiny, bright, and beautiful.  My Fall Table next to the mantel holds the colors of fall, and my Fall Wreath on my door has the kids in mind.  This mantel is my own little piece of decorative love here in Lewisville.  It's exactly what I wanted. 

 Hope you all enjoyed! 

I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style

No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage

Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard See

Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 

Restore Interiors

TDC Before and After


  1. I love what you did with the pumpkins! I did the same thing...only in burgundy and white. But I love how you chose the metallic silver for the pumpkins! Pretty!

    1. Thanks, Jovana. I love using spray paint for everything!

  2. I love your fall mantel and especially what you did with the pumpkins. Such a great idea. I am visiting from Centsational Girl. I would love for you to come and link up to my Fall into Fall party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

    1. Thanks, Judy and thanks for the invite. I'll be sure to come by tonight!

  3. Just gorgeous! I am featuring your Rustic Sophistication mantel on my blog www.sister-dipity.blogspot.com. Thanks for sharing! I LOVE it! :)

  4. Love the silver pumpkins!
    I would love to invite you to Homa Style's No Orange Autumn Display Link Party going on now. Here's the link...
    Hope to see your silver and gold there!

  5. Love this look. The silver pumpkins are darling. Love me some great thifty decorating !

  6. $3?! That's amazing! What a gorgeous display!

  7. I like, I like! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Under $100. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-16.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Your decor is Fabulous! So festive and lovely!You have such wonderful flair:)

  9. Very pretty! What would we do without spray paint and stain!

  10. Thank you so much for linking to Homa Style’s No Orange Autumn Display Link Party. Your mantle is incredible. I think I can find $3 in the sofa! I was excited to show it to my readers. Homa Style will be hosting a Simple Holiday Handmade Gift Idea Link Party {Please no sale items} on Oct 31. Hope to see you there. Thanks again!

  11. INDEED, incredible. I love your inspiration photo and yours also. So good in fact, I'd love it if you would link it up with us at our link party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

  12. Just beautiful. YOu have given me so many great ideas. Love the sticks and the silver pumpkins. I just bought some silver spray paint and I think after church today...I'm doin' some spray painting!

  13. Loving your rustic mantel. Love the repeat and you did yourself proud! Really loving those silver pumpkins, and there's something so tranquilizing about twiggs in a vase! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  14. I absolutely love this and have pinned your mantel for inspiration. Who'd have thought you could make plastic pumpkins look so cute with a bit of spray paint? Will be on the look out for some now...

  15. Beautiful mantel!!! I love branches and have them all over!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by for a visit a follow back when you have the time!

  16. Very nice mantel! Love the silver pumpkins - now I need to go find some plastic pumpkins. Found you on Between Naps on the Porch {love that porch, don't you?}

  17. p.s. I wish I had some branches to pick out of my yard that look like yours - when I have tried that, it just never looks the same. Following you!

  18. Nice job! I love the budget! Very creative and inspiring!

  19. Such a great mantel, love the silver pumpkins and the tips on the process.

  20. I can see why you LOVE your mantel, it's gorgeous! I really like (yes, love) the neutral colours of it as for some reason, that is the direction I want to take with my Thanksgiving Table this year (Canadian - this wknd). Normally, I'm all about the oranges and rich colours of fall but now want to try a more simple colour scheme and your mantel has inspired me! Love that you painted pumpkins silver - hope have time to try that!


  21. Very nice! Thank you for joining me at HSH!

  22. Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  23. Hello, also a new follower here !! I love your blog and DIY projects I love doing that as well :) I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime over @ http://atthefeetofmysavior.blogspot.com Bless you!!

    Cindy B.

  24. Looks very nice -- love the pumpkins! And you pretty much captured the blogger life -- paint a little, cook some, paint some more -- and then you take pictures! Thanks so much for sharing on busy Monday!

  25. The metallic spray paint is so cool!

    I love this!

    I'd love to have you link up at my Weekend party!


  26. This is such a pretty mantel, Lisa. I love each item you chose, and it's fantastic that some great components of it came from the Dollar Store--I love that place :) The silver pumpkins add polish, and I like how they go with the gold frame and the brown accents in the wreath and lovely clock.

  27. Hi! I'm visiting from over at the Ginger Gamboree Link Party! I like your alternative color choices for fall! I really like the acorns too!

  28. Found you at the Ginger Gamboree! This is so cute. I love the sophisticated palette.

  29. Thanks so much for linking up at the Ginger Jamboree! I hope to see you there next week!

  30. Found you from your link up at Centsational Girl. Love your Fall mantel, and the price! I have found some really nice things for decorating this fall from thrift stores and Dollar Tree without spending a lot of money. Hope http://sittingonmydockofthebay.blogspot.com