Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mantle Progress


I'm slowly but surely fixing my mantle. After the Christmas madness, I decided to re-vamp it a little bit...we're SLOWLY adding for a full effect.

Before




After



Can you spot the difference?

Another thing I worked on yesterday was adding some books. I love books. I have a gazillion of them. All over the house. So, I figure I need to start incorporating them into my decorating scheme. For storage purposes, of course.

Want to know another secret? I love hardback books. I just love 'em. They feel so much more...bookish. But, I hate book covers! I'm always ripping them, bending them, losing them. Finally, I just decided to be done with the whole book cover process, so as soon as I get a new hardback book, the cover goes in the trash. Scandalous, right? Anyway, I found some books for my mantle, but, I didn't like how my books looked. You may think this is an instance where throwing away the covers came back to thwart me...not so!

I happened to grab this awesome scrapbook paper awhile back for a project I never ended up doing. I decided to go back to my middle-high-school book-covering roots and make some "vintage" book covers.



So I did. It was lots of fun. On one of them I doodled "MM + CG = Luv 4Ever." Heh. (Not really. But, it would've been funny).


Found some fun twine to put it all together.


 A full effect.....


So far, so good! I'm still not satisfied, though. More changes to come.

16 comments:

  1. That pop of white or cream pain really made your mantle look bigger. Very nice.

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  2. it looks fab, but what a difference painting the inset a different color makes! wow!

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  3. I'm with you, I have this thing about hardback books! I love having them around. Your book covers are adorable!

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  4. Thumbs up from me for all your book ideas: decorating with them, covering them with cool paper, and scrapping those annoying covers. I have wanted to do that, but felt so guilty. Your post has set me free! Thanks.

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  5. Your mantle looks great. I love your book covers and the twine adds the perfect touch!

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  6. I LOVE the new paint! It really makes your picture POP!!!

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  7. I hate book covers too! So annoying. But I'm worried I WILL miss them if I throw it away...so I have them still. =(

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  8. Hi Meg,

    What gorgeous paper. It looks beautiful covering your books.

    I can remember writing things on my books at school too. I met my husband when I was 14 and I can remember practicing what my name would look like with his surname on my school books the week after I first met him!!!

    And now I have that name for real!!

    Sarahx

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  9. I like the book idea, I will have to "steal" that from you. ;) My mantle is still bare...yipes!!

    TFS....Kristyn

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  10. I must truly be blind! The thing I noticed was that you moved the friggin candle stick! WOW! But really if you did notice it too the tall candle stick moved from the right side by the G to the other side! Lol... Now that I really look I love the color change! It makes the family photo really pop!

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  11. You mantel looks great the giant "G" is awesome and I really like what you did with those books.

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  12. Love the book covers. I saw some covered in simple linen this past weekend and they were lovely as well.

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  13. Love the mantle!! The book covers are awesome!!

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