Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shabby winter mantle....

Yesterday I gave a sneak peak of my winter mantle. I threw together a shabby wreath that I had shown HERE

I completed the surround today. I kept it pretty simple. Here is the inspiration (I added a mercury glass acorn to the wreath that I hadn't shown in the post yesterday)

A burlap runner spreads across the top. An apothecary jar holds all of my vintage glass door knobs. Two little birds sit side by side.

I left the "Our Nest" sign up that I had hanging with my Christmas mantle scape. I made this out of a large piece of vintage cedar. Wood scrolls encase each corner. Photos of a bird and a nest I printed from the GRAPHICS FAIRY embellish each side.

I mentioned recently that I would give a tutorial as to how I painted my brick wall.
Believe it or not, it was pretty simple painting this monster wall...

Here is the before:

I simply rolled on one coat of flat paint. I didn't worry about covering every nook and crannie because I planned on distressing it anyway....

After I was done with the painting, I used a 50 grit sandpaper and my palm sander. It took about an hour to do the entire wall....This is the end result.

Take care,

Linking here:
Paisley Passions


  1. Hey Lisa ... Your winter shabby mantle is lovely! You've pulled it all together so beautifully and I love all the natural elements including those 2 sweet birds! I guess I missied your post yesterday so I'll have to go take a peek. Happy New Year - be safe & have fun! xox

  2. It looks wonderful!!! Such a "homey" feeling. Thanks for sharing on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

  3. I love that you kept the detail of the brick wall, distressing it was a great idea.


  4. Love what you did to that brick wall!!It truly made such a big difference!! Love you nest mantle area too- I hope nests never go out of style for I love them so!

    Bee Blessed in 2011!

  5. Wow! I would be intimidated by all that brick - but you handled it fabulously! Love all the birdyness.

  6. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love that brick wall!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have wanted to paint my brick fireplace wall for years and have been scared to death to attempt it! I've asked here and there for tips on painting it, only to be discouraged because it sounded so involved. I usually just do things, mostly by the seat of my pants...this just intimidated more after seeing yours. I will be tackling that wall soon!!!! Thanks!!!!! Glad you are getting your blog back up and running! Best, Vicki

  7. Lisa,

    This is beautiful--I love the sign and the little birds and the chair, and well, everything. So glad I found you again.


  8. Great job, Lisa! I have/had a smaller red brick fireplace which I painted white many years ago. Recently, I've wanted to do "something" with it to give it more character and I think distressing it as you did might do the trick. I also want to add a painted wood mantle piece to the top of it but haven't figured out exactly how I want it to look (or how to make one) so that project has gone on the back burner.

  9. Your mantel looks fantastic and I'm loving your apothecary jar filled with glass knobs. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up!

  10. Love your winter mantel! I have a brick fireplace and want to paint it but to chicken to try it. I think I am going to do it after seeing yours :o)

  11. Love it all!!! I would love for you to link this up to the CSI project this week. The challenge is winter crafts and decor. This is perfect for it.
    The link party begins at midnight on Wednesday through Friday!!! You could win the top prize or the great giveaway.

  12. Those vintage glass door knobs are really pretty. You have such beautiful vintage things in your home.

    -Zane of ontario honey