I have had the same basic mantle scape for I don't know how many years. I change it just enough to add something seasonal, but decided I wanted a new look this Spring. On our snow day last week, I decided to tackle this project. Snow outside and spring inside! I wanted to start with a blank slate, so I removed everything and wiped down the mantel. Here is where I began.
My first step was to paint two existing mirrors that have been hanging around for awhile with ivory chalk paint to lighten them up. Here is the paint I used which I purchased at Michaels.
They had two different finishes, but with the paint, look unified.
The basket of greens was something I used to hang, but decided to set it in front. I also painted the large D and hot glued it on the front of the basket. Adding the lanterns on one side and it was complete. I like how it is asymmetrical and not perfect. That adds a touch of whimsy.
I really like how it turned out. Our fireplace can handle something large. The 2 mirrors draw your eye up and since our family room is two-story, it gives the illusion of filling the empty space above the fireplace.
Have you put any spring decorations up at your home? What are your favorite touches to add to your home for the season?