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Fireplace Backsplash Updated

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Remember when I did the fireplace backsplash?  I updated it a bit.

I have a lot of wood wall planks left over from when I went crazy and bought all I could find because it was on clearance for $3.50.  I bought two different styles.  The planks I used in my son’s bathroom were plain tongue and groove, but I also purchased a couple of packages of the wide beadboard looking planks.

I add the beadboard planks to the fireplace backsplash.  (Nothing stays the same in my house for very long.  It’s a sickness.)

This DIY project was quick and simple! A little extra character for very little money.

This is a picture of the fireplace before and after the first time I did it.

fireplace before

Here’s the now “Before”.

fireplace beadboard taped

I cut the planks to size, then added the first piece to the middle of the fireplace. That way the planks would end at the same place on both sides.  The boards were trimmed length-wise with a circular saw.  I used a nail gun to attach the wood planks to the wall. I just love that thing!

closeup fireplace beadboard

A close up after it was caulked and painted.

fireplace with beadboard 2

The after After! Not a huge difference, but  it looks more finished now. It took one package of wood planks, so it cost only $3.50!  Gotta love that!

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“Magical” Christmas Mantel – update

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Remember my “Magical” Christmas Mantel post where I said I redid the mantel three times before I was happy with it?  Well, it’s four times now.  It’s a sickness.  I can’t help myself. 😉  THIS is the final mantel.

new mantel with bells2

The Bell Garland came from my friend CereusArt. Check out her Etsy shop for really cool coastal decor accessories and beach themed gifts!

 

Linking to: The Lettered Cottage

“Magical” Christmas Mantel

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Today I have been getting out Christmas decorations while listening to Trans-Siberian orchestra (turned up quite loudly).  It’s funny how something as simple and innocent as getting out boxes of garland and ornaments can leave ones house upside down!  Did you know that even fake garland leaves needles in every nook and corner of your house.  It’s true.  Ask my vacuum.

Confession… I did my mantel three times.  I liked it, then I had a different idea.  I liked that, then I had a brain storm.  It’s exhausting being around me.  My husband goes to work just to get some rest. 😉

Anywhoo, here is the finished mantel…  whatcha think?

The ornaments are strung together with fishing line.

Each string has 5 ornaments tied on. I used clear push pins to attach the strings to the top of the mantel backsplash. The ornaments look like they are floating in air!

When my daughter came home from school and saw the mantel, she said it looked “magical”.  My job here is done. 🙂

Decorating Mantels for the Holidays

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Have I mentioned I’m looking forward to the Holiday Season?  I’m planning ahead this year and getting new ideas for decorating.  I want to get out of my holiday decorating rut!  It’s time for an update.  The mantel is one of my favorite things to decorate, so I’m starting with that.

Use ceramic cups to display holiday greens

Southern Living.  I love the simplicity of green and white.

Use your fireplace

Coastal Living. 

Etch a greeting into glass candle votives

Southern Living

HGTV.  I love this one!

Country Living

Country Living.  Blues and white… a twist on the traditional.

Southern Accents

Style At Home.  Another favorite!

Southern Living.  Simple and elegant.

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