So today, I'm happy to share this little project with you as we get ready for Christmas. This is 100% a pinterest inspired post, but one that turned out exactly how I hoped that it would and I am so so so pleased with the result.
I've been really happy to have a mantel in our home (during this season, I'm thankful mostly because it means that we have a fireplace) that I can decorate with the changing seasons. You may remember my fall mantel here.
But as soon as we put up the Christmas tree, it was time for the mantel also to change. I pinned this pin way back when I first started using pinterest and thought it would be a good Sunday afternoon project for the mantel. I texted one of my sisters to ask what I should do with the mantel and she texted back a picture of the pin without even knowing, so I knew I had to go for it. I marched (or drove) straight to Michael's armed of course with my coupons and picked up all the supplies.
But first, the inspiration:
|Not too shabby, huh?|
And really, I don't think this project could have been more simple. I used Americana brand acrylic paint in slate gray to paint the N and mixed paint for the other 2 letters. For the E, I originally planned to use "warm white", but it ended up being so close to the original color, I mixed in some gray to make a slightly lighter shade than the N.
For the L, I mixed black, white and a small bit of gray to make almost a charcoal color that I ended up loving. Each wooden letter took 3 coats of paint. Of course if you try this at home, be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before moving to the next.
I used separate brushes for each letter to keep the colors separate.
For the wreath, I separated the tree pick and hot glued the individual pieces around.
And that was that. It looks so great on our mantel and is something that I know I will use for years to come. Such a fun afternoon project!
Those sweet little snowflakes go perfectly with the gray paint and are actually placecard holders that were on clearance last year from Target. I also added little pine cones that I plucked off of our live wreath last year before throwing it out after Christmas.
I really really love how it all came together. I'm excited to show off the full mantel in all of its Christmas glory. But, I've still got a few finishing touches to add before I do that. But I promise, it will be just lovely. You may have guessed it, but if not, this little Noel sign is the centerpiece.
Don't you just love when a Pinterest project is successful?
Also, I want to give a big thank you to the ladies over at Blogging on the Side for featuring Thrift for Today Friday! If you haven't checked out Blogging on the Side yet, you should. These ladies write awesome advice, tips, and ideas for keeping blogging in check with real life - finding a balance while blogging on the side.
Happy Monday, friends!