Unfortunately, I have changed this mantel several times and I’m still not completely satisfied with it. I’m not sure if it’s the anchoring art that I painted in the background that’s throwing it off for me (?). I wanted a beach scene, but the blues were too bright so I added glaze and now I think the colours might be too dull. I’m sure I will show you a new rendition soon.
But in the meantime, I have used several items both, home made and bought. The large piece of driftwood did not always look like this. It is actually a piece of wood I found in the forest that I scrubbed and bleached. Have you ever heard of wood bleaching? It works wonderfully to give wood a white wash effect.
I found the big Pottery Barn look-alike lantern for $22.00 at HomeSense and decided to incorporate some of the other lanterns we had laying around the house…
During the hot months of the year when the fireplace is not in use, why not use the space in front to add interest to the mantel? Perhaps place a bench or a collection of greens in front of it so that you’re looking at something nice instead of a black hole.
I also have a brief tutorial of the painting if you are interested.
So there you go – another summer, another mantel. Go here if you wish to see last year’s mantel. The same theme, but very different.
It sounds like we are gearing up for a hot summer and I hope you are enjoying it so far!
See you all soon.
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