Today, I thought I would show you our Valentine’s Day Mantel. Since we just built the mantel before Thanksgiving, I’m still getting used to this extra decorating space. And, since my daughter’s birthday party is over, I can decorate for Valentine’s Day now that the birthday decorations have been put away for a few weeks.
The family room decor is predominately rustic, so I kept this in mind when I put the mantel together. I also played around with Picmonkey, and I got this fantastic vintage effect!
As you can see, I kept the colors pretty much muted, except for the bright red heart. I think it gives the space a pop of color. This is how the mantel actually looks without the vintage effect. It’s still rustic enough, but it does have more color.
My daughter and I made the garland out of salt dough, and I painted the hearts a coppery shade of red. I tied them to some rough twine and added some red-checked fabric ties. The ties were actually part of the sash from one of my daughter’s old sundresses. The fabric was originally brighter, but I aged it by soaking it in some coffee. Nothing like using natural dyes!
I usually use pine cones throughout the year, and I also like mixing in some of these little natural balls. I also added a couple of vintage books and an aged tray and candlesticks. I just mixed some paint and applied it to these items until they looked old and worn. My kids tease me a lot about my need to make things look old. So far, they don’t share my love of vintage decor.
Hubby cut some old wood into a heart shape, and I painted it, added some lettering and a heart made from burlap and an old button. I used some spray paint on the heart because the wood was so rough, and even though that was fine, I didn’t want anyone to get splinters. I took the glass out of an old frame, painted it, distressed it and set the heart inside the frame.
This is a side view of the mantel and part of the room.
You can see part of the rustic wall art on the wall. I actually spray painted the love sign blue after Christmas because I wanted it to stand out better in the room. It was originally a dull maroon. You can also see the clips from the glass in the frame, but unless you get this close, you won’t normally see them! The best part about the mantel decor is I had everything I needed, and the garland was made with items I already had too–Frugal!
Here’s one last look at the vintage effect.
What’s your decorating style? Any other rustic or vintage lovers out there?
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at our Valentine’s Day mantel. Have a wonderful day!