Simple Easter Mantel

Simple Easter Mantel

In an effort to create a simple Easter mantel, I went shopping in my own closets.  My goal was to represent the true spirit of Easter.  New life.  New beginnings.

The DIY Chalkboard that I use for nearly every holiday with a paraphrased version of Revelation 21:5 was the inspiration and starting point for the mantel.   Continuing with simple, I kept everything brown and white like the chalkboard.   Two flowering stems from Michael’s are tucked into a white pitcher that was a wedding gift.

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For interest, I drew the paraphrased verse onto the chalkboard using two fonts, Footlight MT Light and Blackjack Regular, available in Word.

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Sometimes the simplest looks are the best, and I love how this turned out.

What do you have in your closets or attic already that you can pull together for a simple Easter setting?  I bet more than you think!

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If you don’t have a chalkboard, be sure to hop over to the DIY Chalkboard Tutorial to see how simple it is to make your own.  Again, I used an old frame I already had, and for just a few dollars, created this versatile board that can be used for any holiday or decorating all year long!

Simple Easter Mantel  As we approach Easter, I pray you know the simple, yet profound truth of Jesus’s death and resurrection and its transforming power in our lives.

Thankful that He makes all things new

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Craigslist Hutch Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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Whew!  I have waited a very long time for this post!

I’ve been on the hunt for a large piece of furniture for our kitchen for years.  Now, by “hunt,” I should say, I’ve been dreaming of buying an expensive, beautiful hutch.  Thanks to inspiring bloggers and lots of Pinterest pins of painted hutches, it dawned on me that I, too, could find and paint my own.  So the real hunt began!  And let me tell ya, hutches similar to this one are often on Craigslist, even in a smaller market like ours (Little Rock, AR).  These pieces were so popular  in recent decades, and people are readily selling them, so be on the lookout if you have a space for one!

Because this hutch is so heavy, this original Craigslist photo is the only one I have with the hutch attached!  Once we got it home, it didn’t come back together until after the makeover.

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With the help of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint experts at my local ASCP retailer, White Goat, we went with “Old Ochre,” complementing the “Duck Egg” ASCP on my kitchen table (which I’ll show you soon!!).  “Old Ochre” is a rich, creamy neutral and a bit darker than the popular “Old White,” but still very light.

I painted this beauty right inside the kitchen, and immediately, I was in love with chalk paint!  No sanding and priming =  a happy girl.  You can see in this photo below that I took out the decorative wood piece from the middle open shelf…a little dated and easily yanked out removed and repaired with wood filler.  Much better!

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I painted the brass hardware with Rustoleum’s Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint, learning the hard way that it must be done right the first time!  The short version includes using steel wool to “roughen it up,” priming with metal spray primer, using steel wool again to smooth out any bubbles in the dried primer, then carefully spraying with the Oil-Rubbed Bronze.  Detailed post coming soon.

It was hard to get a great photo of the actual color of the Oil-Rubbed Bronze.  It is very dark, but still has a beautiful bronze-y finish, not as black as it appears below.

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Here she is naked, but with new paint and new hardware!  I so love the classic, clean finish of two coats of Old Ochre and an application of clear wax that I decided against distressing…for now.  Down the road, I may distress and switch out the glass for chicken wire.

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The perfect home for several wedding gifts that only have been rotated in and out as centerpieces or mantel decor year in and year out.  They are much happier here!  The white vase belonged to my grandmother.  I love having little touches of her here and there in my house!

Thinking of painting the little lamp.  Any ideas?

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This hutch transformation may or may not have started an addiction to Craigslist and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  And my sweet hubby will never doubt me again;)

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Stay tuned for the kitchen table reveal!

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School Spirit Rag Wreath

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School is back in full swing for most of us, and if you are like me, August is a bittersweet month.  Routine is welcomed, but I sure do miss my kids!  
 
With “back-to-school” in the air, I wanted an easy project to display our school colors.  With endless fabric options available, you can customize this rag wreath for any school or theme!  Using the same instructions for this Burlap Rag Wreath, this one turned out totally different using a larger wreath form and different fabric.  
 
Supplies needed:
 
Wire wreath form (18″ shown)
5 assorted fabrics (1 yard each)*
Scissors
Cut each fabric into 1.25″x10″ strips.
*(I used ribbon as one of my “fabrics.”  Fabric is definitely a cheaper option.  For reference, I used two 36-inch rolls of ribbon for this wreath, spacing them farther around the wreath to avoid using a third roll).
…forgive me for a few terrible Iphone photos taken at night;)
 
Begin tying strips in desired order around the inner ring of the wreath form.  Tie as many pieces as will fit in each section.  This will create a full, fat wreath!
Repeat on third row.  **Please note:  On this particular wreath shown, I tied fabric onto the first and third rows ONLY.   You should have enough fabric to add an additional row, if desired.  
Isn’t the assortment of different fabrics fun?  The possibilities are endless for you to create your own!
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Because the sun would fade this wreath pretty quickly on our front doors, this one will make its home on my daughter’s bedroom door.  A fun addition for the start of a new school year!
 
For a smaller, more compact wreath like this Burlap Rag Wreath, use the 12″ wreath form.  
 
For other ideas to show your school spirit, check out these projects from the archives…DIY Burlap Footballs and Painted Foamboard School Letters!
 
Be sure to Pin these ideas to make later:)
 
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