This mantel was a lot of fun to put together! I made the pallet sign from some old boards that were nicely weathered on the side of my house. I sanded them down, cut them with my jigsaw, and nailed them together by hand. One of the boards conveniently had a knot hole in the center, so I placed that board at the top of my sign for hanging. The LOVE letters were cut on my Silhouette and adhered to the sign with removable stenciling spray. I’m not sure what I want to paint on my sign permanently, so I wanted to be sure I could remove the letters in the future if I choose to.
One of my favorite elements of this mantel is the little heart in the lemon that I carved with my zester. Isn’t it cute? The frame is from Target dollar spot, and I printed off a simple quote to honor all of the “sunshines” in my life. The flowers are primrose and were also a steal at the grocery store! I replanted them into some terra cotta flower pots. Originally the pots were very orange, so I rubbed them with Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax to match the pots of the Pottery Barn Outlet lemon trees. It worked like a charm!
The white corbels were previously a dark cherry color until I attacked them today with some white chalk paint. I have hung onto these corbels for thirteen years and have never used them! It was time to give them a purpose. I think they are happier white, distressed, and holding some lemons.
Ah…sunshine! Seriously the only thing I like about winter is that the sun is low enough to actually peek through my front window for one hour each day. Living in a cave year round, I really relish that hour!
And here is one final full length shot for you! I dare say I love it :)!
And now I’m so excited to see your Valentine’s Mantels! Remember that any shelf, bookshelf, buffet top, piano top, flat surface, etc. counts as a “mantel”. (And…pssst. Just a little FYI. BHG.com has often been known to stop by these parties looking for potential mantels to feature!)
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