Valentine’s Mantel Link Party 2012

Welcome to the Valentine’s Mantel Link Party! I love to throw a good link party, but by far my mantel parties are my favorite! This year, I wanted to steer clear of traditional and come up with something lemony fresh and fun. I saw lemons on sale at the grocery store and had to have them! Even though our winter has been blessedly mild so far, I still crave sunshine, color, warmth, and summer.

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. has often been known to stop by these parties looking for potential mantels to feature!)

I want everyone to be able to join in the fun so please link back with a text link or copy and paste the entire code from the button below. (If you’re new to link parties and are wondering how to link up, click here for an excellent tutorial that will take you step by step through the process.)

Valentine's Link Party
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  1. says

    Love your fun and fresh mantel, Beth! 😀
    (and your social networking buttons, too- LOL!) 😉
    I’m looking forward to decorating for Valentines Day this year, too.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. says

    Love your mantel – it’ so springy (a.k.a. spring-like) with the pops of yellow. So much cheerier than typical red and pink :) So I’m making a confession. I didn’t want to be the only one who didn’t link up a mantel, so I linked up last years mantel – don’t hate me! Thanks for hosting <3

    xo Jenn

  3. says

    Beth-I am LOVING the yellow! I love lemons-yet I would have never thought of using them for Valentine’s Day. You have got me thinking a whole new direction :)
    Thanks for hosting a party-it is so much fun to follow your blog, as well.
    Make it a great day!

  4. says

    So in LOVE with your lemony, sunshiny Valentines mantel! It is precious and unique. This inspires me to remember to think outside the box more. Thank you, Beth, for hosting this LOVEly party! I always enjoy partying here at Home Stories A to Z!

  5. says

    Beth!! I absolutely adore it! I love that it’s so fresh and different. I LOVE the Love sign. I didn’t know about the removable adhesive stenciling spray. I’m going to have to try that. Now, I know from Facebook, you just read the Hunger Games trilogy. Did that have anything to do with primrose?? lol. I LOVE your mantel. I can’t wait to get my post done and link up. :)

  6. says

    Your mantel is delicious. It makes me yearn for that big ol’ burning ball of joy that is somewhere behind all of the clouds right now. I linked my winter mantel…not exactly Valentines but I think it is “lovely.” :) Hope that is ok.

    Have a great evening!


  7. says

    You did a fabulous job! I couldn’t get my mantle together- the red was throwing me off! But I did decorate a few other areas- a hutch, the chandy, the front door. It’s a fun holiday, so I think anything goes! Thanks for hosting.

  8. says

    Love it Beth! I’m totally laughing because I live in San Diego and it is always sunny (no winter). So I totally went with a winter-y theme to bring a little winter into my house! Exact opposite of you bringing in the sunshine! :) Thanks so much for hosting this party! My Valentines mantel from last year was featured on BHG because of your link up party! So cool! Crossing my fingers they will like my mantel this year too. I’m sure BHG and everyone else will LOVE yours!

  9. says

    I love your mantel, it’s so bright, refreshing, and warm! I woke up to rain and dark skies today–blah. I’m crossing my fingers it will pass so I can photograph my mantle and join the party, I’ve been looking forward to it all week!

  10. says

    Love your LOVE sign…great idea. I have a couple of pallets sitting around just waiting for a project like this…so cute! I love the yellow mantel vignette…makes me want spring.

  11. says

    Hi, I love, love your mantle. Yellow happens to be my favorite color.
    I wanted to ask where you got your fireplace. It looks like one that did not come with the house.
    I would love one that i could put in my home. Houses don’t have any in Arizona but I really miss having one.
    Any ideas?
    Love the linky party too!!!

  12. says

    I love your mantel! I’m doing an un-traditional color too but won’t be done before the end of the party. I LOVE seeing all of this inspiration in one place! So fun!

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