Sunday, April 8, 2012

Summer/beach Mantel

Hi everyone!
How are you and how was your Easter and weekend?  
Good I hope.

Since Mother Nature decided to skip over Spring, I decided that it was ok too and put together my summer mantel.  Actually my mantel always looks like summer but for grins and giggles we will call it my summer mantel. :)

I had this mirror that belonged to my grandparents sitting in my basement waiting for me to do something with it. The mirror is starting to crack in places but it is solid and HEAVY!!! I didn't want to get rid of it so it sat and sat and sat until last Thursday for whatever reason an idea popped into my mind.



I have seen driftwood mirrors on line and the prices range anywhere from $60 - $350.
I did mine for free.

I dipped into my bucket-o-driftwood, got my glue gun and went to town.
I first painted the frame grey to blend in with the driftwood.



I LOVE it!  
I also have a hernia lifting it up on the mantel but at least I can admire it while recovering. :) 
Just kidding, but it was really hard to get up there and I think we need to anchor into the wall so it and others will stay safe.


I added some beach grass in a sisal/rope vase and kept my birds and sign that my daughter made and 
voila, my summer/beachy mantel.

I don't know if I ever showed you my honking big piece of driftwood that I lugged out of the lake last year, it makes for a great coffee table center piece. :)


 I now need to replenish my bucket-o-driftwood.

  


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58 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so pretty and so you! love the mirror!

beachcomber said...

wow..well done on the driftwood mirror!! it's gorgeous, as is the whole room :)
x

Simple Daisy said...

i love...love...love it!! So pretty:)

NanaDiana said...

It looks wonderful, Michelle. What a great idea. I have seen those mirrors and they are always expensive. Love that you have it and it reminds you of your grandparents AND days spent collecting driftwood.

That big piece makes me think of something prehistoric that would have been living in the lake..what a neat piece to find..xo Diana

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Michelle-
very nice! I love the chunky aspect- and the grey aspect- and the over-all
SUMMER ASPECT! {SMILE}
-Pat
ps- your's is the first summer mantel I've seen this year. I'm sure there is more to follow, you're such a trend setter...lol.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Perfect! Love that you painted it gray first.... doubt I would have thought of that, but it really was a nice touch!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh, my beach-lovin' friend,

This is magic. YES, YES, YES! I bet you were just tickled pink when you were doing this, huh.....?

I too made a fun thing today for my Etsy shop. Oh the bliss of creativity. God bless you my dear! Anita

Cozy Little House said...

Hey, what a great and innovative idea! Looks fantastic!
Brenda

Sizzle and Zoom said...

The mirror turned out amazing. Beautiful.

Desire Empire said...

Such I gorgeous transformation.
Hope your Easter is travelling well
Carolyn xx

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Great idea! It goes so well with your decor now! :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Be.still.my.heart. Your driftwood mirror is SO fabulous!!! The whole mantel looks beautiful!! I love it! I hope you and your family had a happy Easter!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Perfect. That's all I need to say about that.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Michelle,
Oh how stunning!!!! Looks like I need some driftwood that I can do this with...all of mine is not the right size.
Blessings,
Linda

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I LOVE it too! Maybe you need to start selling these on Etsy! Not everyone has access to driftwood - you might be on to something.

Green Willow Pond said...

Great job on the mirror! Your mantle looks very beachy and very you! As for your big tabletop driftwood...you proved it...Loch Ness does exist! Ha! Actually it's very cool.

I was glad to hear your brother-in-law is doing better. I will pray for continued improvement. Have a great week!

{{hugs ))
Deborah

helen tilston said...

This is absolutely beautiful and you retained a family heirloom

I love your mantel and no doubt you will have fun collecting new driftwood
Helenx

blhitchcock901 said...

I'm totally in love with that mirror! I love, love, love your blog and this creation! The beach-my favorite decor-my happy place! That's what I feel when I visit.

Pamela said...

Yeah, no spring here either and it stinks. Already breaking a sweat working on projects outside and that is after 6 pm! I LOVE your driftwood mirror!

Silène said...

Vraiment, très très joli !

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That mirror turned out great! Happy Easter!

Tonya said...

LOVE the driftwood mirror! Gorgeous!! And your mantel looks fabulous....very beachy! :) Happy Easter my friend!! I hope you had a wonderful day!!

Jenni said...

OH! I love your driftwood mirror, Michelle! It is just gorgeous and looks amazing on your mantel! I think your summer mantel is beautiful. :)

I hope your Easter weekend was lovely, and that you have a good Monday! :)

Blessings,
Jenni

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how nice to see you my dear! SO NICE! Have a great Monday! Anita

Martina said...

So pretty Michelle - you driftwood mirror came out great! Happy easter, have a fab monday!

Martina said...

So pretty Michelle - you driftwood mirror came out great! Happy easter, have a fab monday!

Tery H said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are like me....love something but don't want to or can't pay for it so make it yourself! You did great!

michele said...

oh honey you know i am loving this!

bravo! bravo! it's one of a kind fabulous!

michele

Privet and Holly said...

Love that you were able
to use something that
already had meaning
and infuse it with even
MORE.....your memories
and love of the beach.
It's wonderful.

Hope you had the best
Easter, Michelle!

Hugs,
Suzanne

Debra from Bungalow said...

The mirror looks great! I really like how you used the driftwood to pull it into your decor. Great job!


Have a great day!

Red Gate Farm said...

LOVE how this turned out! I've seen these in my area too, mirrors or picture frames, and they are EXPENSIVE! Great way to make your own and incorporate a bit of your family as well!

The summer mantel looks fabulous... we unfortunately are barely working on spring here so I'll just have to "drool" over your mantel and dream of our summer to come!

~Chris

At The Picket Fence said...

That mirror is amazing Michelle! You did such an awesome job and I'm impressed by you as always my friend! :-)
Vanessa

Tanya said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE IT! Fabulous idea Michelle. Love, Love, Love your house and everything in it. You're so creative. Hope you had a wonderful Easter Weekend!

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

Beautiful mirror. Don't you just love it when those great ideas turn out so well!

Glad to hear from you!!

becky said...

Awesome, indeed! That's a lotta drifting...

Deborah said...

Hunny that mirror is so gorgeous!!!
What a great idea..you brought that mirror to life!
I see the "summer-bug" has bitten you!
I'm so glad the weather is lovely for you..we've gone back to a little chilly again here.
Love to you sweetie!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxooxox

Seaside Style said...

Love it! you did a great job per usual!
xo

YONKS said...

Michelle, you are ÜBER talented - yay, a new mirror. Well done
Di
X

A Cottage Muse said...

What a wonderful mirror Michelle!
Just think how fun it will be to collect more driftwood too!

Heaven's Walk said...

That is sooooo cool, sista!!!! Wow! I just LUV it - and I love the way your mind works! lol! Now....go take care of that hernia. We've got some major flea marketing comin' up, girl..... :)

xoxo laurie

Brandi said...

Hey Michelle! Your mirror is so neat. I love your mantle too. Hope you guys had a beautiful Easter.

Calypso In The Country said...

Michelle,
I LOVE the mirror! You did such a great job and it looks just gorgeous up on the mantel!
-Shelley

Libbie said...

Michelle! A lil wood & an old mirror and add you & it is magical!!! I love it! You always make me wonder why I am not moe creative! Maybe I need to hang out by that fresh lake air more often :) Love it!!!!!

Tricia said...

Oh my goodness, Michelle, that looks so good! I can't wait for summer, it's been kind of cold around here lately :)

koralee said...

What a beautiful idea..I love it...thank you for sharing your ideas with us...you always inspire me. xoxo

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Looks fab! Happy Easter my friend

Cindy said...

I found your blog via Privet and Holly. You have a lovely blog! I look forward to reading more! Love the mirror!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That is simply fabulous! What a perfect mirror for your mantel. Love it!

reFresh reStyle said...

Michelle, I love it! It beautiful and what a great memory! Your house is my dream, I would love to live the beach life. Driftwood~in my dreams :)
Debbie

Sally Lee by the Sea, LLC said...

It looks so amazing, Michelle. Well done. The rest of the room in the photo should be in Coastal Living!

xoxo

Stacy Curran said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I hope you submit that to all of the blog parties!!
Stacy

Rayanne said...

Oh I love what you did to that mirror! Beautiful!
Your room is also very lovely!
Have a happy week, dear friend!!
Much love,
Rayanne

Robin said...

Amazing Michelle, you couldn't have done anything more perfect for your mantel. It's amazing!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Oh my gosh, just fabulous. Love, love the mirror!!

Lynn said...

Love the mirror, great blog, I am your newest follower! Hugs, Lynn

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Wow! This mirror is beautiful. You did such a great job!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

You are so lucky to have a BUCKET of driftwood!!! Where do you get it all? Love the mirror.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this is so gorgeous! thank you!

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