Thursday, August 27, 2015

19 Inspiring Fall Mantels

With September close at our heels, fall decorating is being welcomed into many homes, mine is still in the summer dog days!

 I found some favorites and thought I'd share some simple, some more ornate, some organic, rustic, woodsy but each speaks volumes of love and warmth in our homes...

The Rusty Heart Shop



Another one from The FrugalHomemaker






Better Homes and Gardens












I love the simple elegance of an all white mantel with candles lit as the days get shorter and the dreamy look of hydrangeas always makes me feel at home-

Simple, elegant, natural, whites, colorful- whatever makes your own heart sing as we start to dress for Autumns dance!

Take care, gotta fly-



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Goodwill Transformation

Recently, I came across this coffee table 
At my favorite outlet-


My daughter was in search of a trunk but I figured this was a perfect alternative- it was in decent shape but the drawers were a little shaky so I added some l hooks to secure the side panels so they would sit correctly-


What color would I paint it?
But, she surprised me and wanted a darker stain color, so I investigated staining furniture on Pinterest and found the easiest tutorial I could find- 2 colors of poly shade- mix them up and paint it on- after 1 coat, it needs to dry for 6 hours before a light sanding and 2nd coat- 
I'm not one for waiting but since I haven't stained before, I obeyed them!!







 
I love the color it turned out , much richer than the Orange- my favorite part are the drawers, there are 2 but the look is many small drawers in a row-
And it looks perfect in her new place!

Oh, and did I mention the absolute best thing- it cost 99 cents,  so with tax, a whopping $1.05!!  
Don't you just love a bargain!

Take care, gotta fly-

Claire