My very favorite Christmas mantels are rustic and jam-packed with organized Christmas clutter!
I found inspiration in this snowflake ornament on barn wood created by Susan from the Homeroad blog. The contrast of the hand cut white paper snowflake on the weathered wood was perfect for a Christmas ornament.
My version of Susan's barn wood snowflake ornament begins with Mason jar snowflake inserts that I purchased at Ben Franklin crafts for $4.49.
It was time to make some updates in my vintage coral tiled bathroom. The yellow paint is gone, and my baby dress and my daughter's dress have been stored away. The plates will stay on the wall but will be displayed in a new way.
I purchased these plate rail shelves at the consignment shops recently. They are both the same length, but a little different. I painted them with my new bathroom accent color, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, in French Linen. It is perfect with the coral tile. The top of the wall and the ceiling were painted with a Sherwin Williams color, Dover White.
Decorating a Christmas tree is very expensive, especially if you like to change your theme or colors from time to time. When I want to make a change, I upcycle thrift shop ornaments, repurpose thrift shop items as tree ornaments, or remake some of my existing ornaments.
Susan at Homeroad recently upcycled these metal ornaments with chalk paint. I just love them.
I purchased these four little wooden violins at the thrift shop for $2 or 50 cents per ornament.
I have had this vintage ice cream chair for at least fifteen years. I painted the iron with Rustoleum Heirloom White a long time ago. The chair had been in my den until recently when I tried to sell it at an occasional crafts/collectibles shop on consignment. Luckily. it didn't sell, and I brought it back home.
Here is how I put together Christmas greenery pots for my rustic outdoor vignettes.
First I purchase spruce tree top bundles. I can purchase spruce treetops here in northern Minnesota for $12 for a bundle of ten to twelve treetops. I will be able to make three galvanized pails of greenery from these two bundles.
I have always loved gold frames, even when gold frames weren't in. I have a traditional, vintage style in my living room that works with my antiques and vintage chandelier and fireplace mantel with dental molding.
I purchased this flower painting about 15 years ago for $20 at a garage sale. It had been painted by a local artist, Amelia Bartkowski, that was quite talented. I never quite liked the gold tone in this frame. It was always a little too brassy for my taste but I never found an antique gold paint that I liked.