Many moms and wives have to do fun, relaxing activities to relieve everyday stress. Whether it’s getting massages, reading a great book, or watching a new movie.
I find that retail therapy works wonders for me! So, I take a trip to a few thrift stores every week….clearly for health reasons. 🙂
This week, I used a few thrift store treasures to make a simple Valentine’s Day mantle. I typically don’t decorate for Valentine’s day, but this year I felt a little festive.
I used small accents that give that lovey dovey feeling to create, what I would say, is a non-traditional Valentine’s day decorated mantle. Let’s look at the details of this thrifty fireplace mantle.
I started the mantle by stacking a few books that I had on hand. I purchased the 2 gold hurricane candleholders from Micheals. The candleholders are from the Christmas stock and were 75% off original price. I also had a coupon off my entire purchase, so they were a steal for $3.00. I found a set of brass candlesticks for $4.00 and just placed a few vibrant pink flowers on top.
I moved my “love fern” over from the kitchen as it wasn’t getting enough light from the kitchen window. The small bust statue is actually an Avon perfume bottle purchased for $0.75 from the thrift store. Two coats of Matte French Cream spray paint and it was ready to be displayed. I put a little black and white polka dot ribbon sash for our valentine’s theme. I think she kind of looks like a girl scout with it, but it still works with the flow of the mantle.
I also bought these lovely framed art pieces for $8.00 each. It’s a little over my regular price for frames, but there was something special about design of the frame that was special.
I haven’t decided what to do with the art yet, but the frame needed some touchups. I decided to re-paint the gold portion of the frame with antique gold paint and painted the black portions champaign gold. I hung the my diy heart wreath (click for tutorial) from one of the frames and placed a iron wall mirror in front of the other. This mirror was only $6 at the thrift store and has a great balance of hard and soft looks. The hard, industrial metal finish and squared shape is complemented by the soft, romantic swirls and flour de lis design.
The end of the mantle has another “love fern” and two white candlesticks with gold candles. I added some black electrical tape to the candlestick rather than painting them. I adjusted that crooked stripe after taking the picture.
There you have it. A lovely, non-traditional Valentine’s day themed mantle made from thrifted items and things right in your home. The next time you want to have a relaxing, de-stressing afternoon, head over to your local thrift store and check out what treasures you can find.
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