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.


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Quick post for the 12 Days of Christmas/Day 5 home tour

We had a rare evening out last night so I didn’t get to my Christmas tour post. I saw so many people posting this great little flocked tree on Instagram that I had to stop on the way home to pick one up for myself several weeks ago. It was only $30!! Bonus!


Target has some of the cutest goodies in their One Spot this year. When I saw these letters in a bin I knew immediately what I wanted to spell with them. I had to check out a few stores before I found my second “H.” This one I’m calling the “HOHO” tree. I’ve decorated it with plaids and checks. Most of the ornaments came from the One Spot.



There were gift tags.


Using this banner as garland to circle around the tree.


I covered plastic ornaments with some plaid wrapping paper and mod podge.



Here I added some greenery and more of the snowflakes my mother made to my blanket ladder. I also hung a little mason jar with a tea candle and placed it beside the tree.




Have a peaceful and blessed evening!

Soak in these final days of this magical time and try not to get too bogged down with the to-dos.