This is the story of two mantels. The first was dark and varnished and attracted the eye of all who entered. The second, however, was lighter, brighter and didn’t mind being overshadowed by a picture window if the view was especially nice one day. The thing is, the mantels were exactly alike in all ways but one: a coat of white paint.
I’m being overly dramatic this morning about our fall mantel for some reason. I felt as though this post needed some drama, apparently. Actually, I just wanted to show you how different our fall mantel looks this year due to the fact that I painted it. I used a lot of the same decorations and it still has an old window above it, but it looks a lot less rustic and more refined, which was just what I was hoping for. See?
Just by changing its color! (Here’s how I painted it.) Well, I also switched the wreath for a mirror. This year’s decorations are quite pared down compared to last year’s, all in all. I didn’t put up the paper bag flowers again, although I still love them (and they’re one of my top-viewed posts of all time!). I chose to use my white pumpkins, a leafy branch, our acorn frame, and my two DIY leaf pictures.
By the way, did you see the Craft of the Week yesterday? I may have to gold leaf my leaves next year for a just a little more sophistication.
So which do you like? Rustic? Or refined?