Remember when I took this picture?
I wouldn’t expect you to. I took it yesterday. Yes, the Valentine’s decorations were still on it. Don’t hate. It needed a drastic makeover that began with a $29.00 print I bought at Wal-Mart. I wasn’t planning on showing any “transition” photos, but I found this one that my daughter must have taken while it was in the works. That girl is sneaky.
Birdhouses mean spring to me, and I had found this one at Goodwill for $4.00 a couple of weeks ago. I liked the color, but I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.
I tweaked and tweaked until I came up with a final product.
I wanted to use the print sooo badly, but it was simply not to scale for the fireplace. I went to Home Depot and looked for the thinnest and cheapest piece of wood I could find. I think this is some kind of under floor liner or something. It was $5.00. I had them cut it a few inches bigger than my print all the way around.
I painted the wood with some leftover paint, stuck the print on there with some velcro strips, and leaned it against the wall. I thought about buying some trim to go around it, but why? My mantel vignettes don’t stay the same long enough for the pain it would take to miter, glue, etc. It’s done…and none of my guests will notice the missing trim anyway. Don’t tell them!
I painted the birdhouse a softer color to match the print. I just mixed up some craft paint. I didn’t even finish it, really. It blends enough.
I’m not a big fan of faux foliage, but I was inspired by Layla and Kimba’s recent posts. I cut some stems from a Russian Sage in the yard and put some pics from Hobby Lobby as filler. They were 1/2 off!
I bought the print with a giftcard, and technically speaking I already had the birdhouse. Grand total for a fresh mantel? $9.00. Not bad, Chris. Not bad at all.