Friday, February 10, 2012

~ Valentine's Day Mantel Decorated

This year the mantel is decorated for Valentine's Day with some of my art that I have used before, but this year I enlarged it to about 19 inch tall to fit in a frame that I just refinished. I took pictures of the frame before, and some step by step pictures to show you soon. It was an ugly worn out frame that most people might have put in the dumpster. Fortunately someone thought it was worthy of a place in a little antique - junk shop and there it waited I guess just for a person like me who looks for the old and unloved junk waiting for a new life. I love the way it turned out.

The frame was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint
Paris Grey for the background and that made me decide to redo the previously red hearts in the art to pink. Pink was little bit of a different choice for me, but when I saw how beautiful the bougainvillea flowers were outside it was the perfect choice to pair them together.

Maybe before Valentine's Day a few pink roses would be nice as a change.
I've had the pretty mercury glass hearts for a while, and this was the perfect time to bring them out to add to the other mercury glass pieces.

The crown was put away for a little while after Christmas, but it too came back out to the mantel because it was so pretty with the hearts. I needed a touch of pink on that side, so I made a quick little rosette from a scrap of pink sweatshirt that I was using to buff some wax!
It was perfect in its color and softness.

I recently saw one of the crowns on Etsy being sold as "vintage" and for about
3 or 4 times what it cost at Marshall's. Of course this is supposed to be against
the rules, but there is a lot of resellers there.
Just a note to anyone who might be looking for a pretty crown, these are not old.
See Y'All Soon~


  1. Love that crown, Donna! What a great frame! I love the detailing on it and it looks great in the Paris Grey. I did a frame with that color, too, and with some Old White dry brushed on, it really made the details stand out.

  2. Your mantel is beautiful, Donna. I love all the silver touches.

  3. Love the combination of the silver, grey and pink!

  4. Your artwork is just wonderful, love the graphic, and the frame just makes it fabulous!!

  5. What a beautiful mantel arrangement! Your artwork if perfect for it!
    Hugs, sherry

  6. Donna, what a pretty mantel! LOVE the crown!! You've created a gorgeous vignette!

  7. I have that same picture framed but with a red heart; that I won from you !!! Love it !!!

    Hope your day was great....

    Kathy :)


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