Quick Change on the Mantel

My mantel usually has some key components that never change, like the two iron pieces that flank our “big” inch TV.  Although the TV is one of my favorite things in our family room, it is also the biggest thorn in my side (speaking from a decorating point of view) 
As you know, I am not a super decorator – but I am a pretty good repurposer. 
Here are some of my ideas…

The TV is so hard to decorate around so when I found these iron pieces at Goodwill last year for around $5 for the pair I grabbed them quick.  They were a peachy color originally and I spray painted them with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.  
Here is a picture from the Fall
This is what it looked like back in the Spring
Notice the difference? 
I just flipped them over and painted the backsides with Rustoleum Herloom White and it brightened up the whole space. 
I also added some of my bunny friends ($1/ea) and candlesticks that I purchased for $7 a piece.  They each stand about two feet tall.  I like them because they look a bit beachy to me. 
Bunny and Beachy, they go together – right?  Well they do in my house. 
If you know me well enough, you know that by summer I had already changed it up a bit! 
Here is what it looks like Now
I showed you a glimpse of it in my post about Faux Coral.
You can see how I made the coral HERE.
The two mirrors are the side pieces from this piece:
I found the mirror for $10 at a garage sale and am embarrassed to say it was two years ago and has been stored up in our attic (sorry My Love) 
He just gets so super excited when I bring home extremely heavy purchases that we really do not need.
Well I knew I wanted to use it somewhere, just took me two years to figure out where.
Taking it apart was the solution
The larger piece I propped up against my large builder grade mirror in our master bath. 
I like that it adds a little feminine touch in there. 
My Love thinks I am crazy for propping up a mirror against a mirror but lucky for me, he get’s over it quickly. 
(no picture for you due to messy countertops in our bathroom)

I’d like to share with you what my blog-friend Pamela did with her mirror very similar to mine.
When I read her post yesterday, it reminded me of what I did with my mirror when setting up my summer mantel, hence prompting me to write this post tonite.
Hop on over to From My Front Porch to Yours to go see hers and tell her I said hello!
I’m not going to show you any pics, you just have to head over and check it out. 
Great minds think alike! 
Have a great evening, or shall I say good morning! 
EEEK!!! 1:40am I need to go to BED! 

8 thoughts on “Quick Change on the Mantel”

  1. Looks great to me! I can't believe you found those cast iron things for such a score! I have a mirror similar too and I've moved it with me from house to house…maybe I need to finally do something with it. Off to check out what your friend did with hers!

  2. Tami great minds do think alike! Now I just need to paint the larger mirror and do something with it. Thanx for sharing! I am also digging your faux coral. Off to see how ya made that.

  3. Tami, it looks fabulous with the "wings" from the mirror! You are so creative! Love this idea. Having visions of cars leaving driveways to search for a "mirror with wings" to decorate that large TV on the mantels! Thanks!

  4. we also have our tv on our mantle. I am sad I can't decorate around it like you! ours sits right on the mantle. we have the dvd player next to it. on the other side I have a few framed pictures that I guess I could move out and use their spot!


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