Make over your mantel for under $20!


As I was beginning to decorate for Christmas, I just kept looking at the tile surround of my fireplace and disliking it more and more. I told myself with so much to do this time of year, tackle that project after Christmas…….

But no, it just bothered me the more I looked at it. So I came home one evening from work, made dinner and began what turned out to be a pretty simple makeover.

Here is what the fireplace looked like before:


The tile has a pinkish hue. Blah!!

The fireplace mantel was not a true white, more of a cream and I had been wanting to paint it as well. So I gave it a light sanding before getting started on the tile.

I began by washing all of the tile with warm water and a little dish soap. I also wiped down the mantel to remove any dust.

Next I taped off the gas insert, around the mantel and the carpet on the floor (the carpet is going soon too).




See it is pink!!

I used this product- Zinsser 1-2-3. You can find this at Home Depot for around $9.00. The best part?? No sanding! This is a bonding primer to be used on about any surface. This is my first time using it but I’ve read on some other blogs that it holds up pretty well.


I used an angled brush. The instructions say you can re-coat in 30 minutes. It takes approximately 7 days to cure. I applied three coats, then went to bed.

The next afternoon, I was thinking the paint had a bit of a bluish undertone, which I wasn’t loving. I had some floor paint I’d purchased to use on another project in white so I applied that over the tile as a final coat.


This is the Valspar porch and floor paint you can have this tinted to about any color too.

Next I pulled out my can of Benjamin Moore paint in Snowfall I had used on my old kitchen cabinets (previous post). I gave the mantel a couple of coats to brighten the whole look and make it more cohesive.


What a difference!!! It really brightened up the room-I love the way it turned out! I had a little bleed through around my tape so make sure you press it down firmly. It scrapes off pretty easily.

Then I decorated it…..again…….for Christmas!





The wreaths were purchased at a Ballard Design outlet last year for $5.00. Love a good deal so I bought two.

The gold leaves I had on hand from my 2015 Christmas table. I love using things you already have. Just think about using them in a different way!



Each side of the mantel is flanked by these DIY shutters. I originally had a wreath on the mirror but decided on the swag when I re-styled and like this look much better. I also had a few crystal candle sticks. I thought the crystal with gold/metallics looked really pretty. But, I only had three so off to Goodwill I went. I purchased an additional three candlestick for $8.00.


Thanks for stopping by! Drop me a line and let me know what you think!










12 Days of ChRiStMaS-Home tour day 3 and more of my farmhouse kitchen.

Welcome back!!! I’m glad you stopped in! I wanted to finish up where I left off yesterday. I have had so much fun decorating my home for Christmas this year. It makes my heart and my family happy. What is it about twinkle lights that automatically lifts your spirits?


As you walk in to my kitchen from the dining room, you walk past the pantry. I found this little letter holder at Homegoods. I have had a lot of fun figuring out what to place in each of these galvanized trays. And a…..hem more of the striped ribbon.



I’ve had this tin with the little pewter nutcracker for years. I drag it out periodically and decided this year he would be highlighted again along with some greenery.


My talented sister in law made this cute little sign for me. It actually isn’t cold outside today. It has been in the 70’s which is unusual for this time of year.


Yep! Pretty much tied a ribbon ’round anything that wasn’t moving!


The berries on the chandelier are actually napkin rings. They fit perfectly and add just a little Christmas charm. This view is from the other side of the kitchen. You can see the dining room through the doorway. I’ll be sharing more of that soon!


One of the things I love most about this kitchen is all of the natural lighting. As I’ve gotten older, letting as much light as possible in during the winter helps keep me from feeling grumpy!


This window is so big, I thought the wreath looked a little lonely. I tied some twine to some ornaments and hung them on either side.


Another view of my open shelving and just below that I’ve added a hot cocoa bar with all sorts of toppings! See the little log cabin peeking through? I constructed this from an old Lincoln Log set. ┬áCute!




I struggle with leaving white pitchers and creamers in the store when I see them.

It’s a problem and it’s real.



My mom crocheted the little snowflakes for me. I usually hang them on the tree but wanted to do a little something different with them. What do you think?



As you turn around you’ll see our family room. We have an open concept floor plan which we enjoy.


I’ll stop there for now because to be honest I didn’t actually plan out each of my 12 days-I’m winging it! I may even share my coveted and top secret recipe for sugar cookie cut outs! So don’t forget to stop back over! More to come……..

Only 12 days until Christmas!!!