I recently tweaked my fireplace mantle with some really easy DIY projects and re-using items that I already had. Must say I’m really happy with it!
I already showed you how I made my Faux Barnwood Letters here.
I also took an old glass jar and spray painted the outside with some Rust-Oleum aqua spray paint in a satin finish.
I know some people paint the inside of the jar and it does give it a different look but I just think it must be hard to get an even coat since you have to spray inside the jar mouth? Anyway, I opted to spray the outside and it was really easy – a few light coats of spray and you’re done! I filled it with some fake flowers (that you’ve seen a million times but they’re my favorite colors).
I made my own hoop art. I spray painted a wooden embroidery hoop (just the top hoop) and used a piece I cut from an old embroidered table runner. So easy and it looks like I hand embroidered it.
My awesome husband was driving by a house in the neighborhood a few months ago, that was being renovated and spotted some windows at the curb. So he brought home a bunch! He didn’t even come home and ask if I wanted them he just knew that I would! I painted this one with some yellow craft paint and taped a map to the back of it. FYI the paint looks a little odd because I wanted it to have a crackle finish. I read that you could use regular Elmer’s glue to get a crackle finish – all I can say is - it didn’t work for me!
I also just re-used all those colorful books that I used in July’s fireplace mantle makeover. Books make great lifts for objects! That’s my one vintage globe sitting on the stack.
A couple of easy projects and using what I had on hand and I have a whole new look for my fireplace mantle for August.
Hope this has given you a few ideas for easy things that you can do in your own home!