Saturday, March 22, 2014

"New" Mantle


I like to change up our mantel about once a season, with the changing of holidays or whenever I get bored of seeing the same old decor. After adding some recent Goodwill finds to the mantel spread, I took a step back to realize that everything on our freshly changed mantel is second hand!

Found this mirror at a thrift store when I first bought the house. It was ugly gold so I painted it purple to compliment the yellow walls. Now our front door is the same color purple.

This is an oldie from a thrift shop in Iowa City, I believe. I love it - it reminds me of the stars at Quinton's!

A recent find a Goodwill. It's a vase with rusted iron surrounding glass. Unique!

I got this gem at a garage sale when I was shopping for wedding stuff. 

A recent Goodwill find. Retails for $25 and I got it for $12.

My dad made these candle holders (for our wedding) from birch trees that he cut down at their cabin in Minnesota. Thanks Dad!

Finished Product - Ta Da !


Also found a bright green, shapely Crate & Barrel vase from Goodwill to accent our newly painted and tiled bathroom!


Adding the green vase, the iron/glass vase and the wreath to our grand total:

Year-to-Date Numbers
Secondhand Item Expenses:  $114
Would-be Cost if Purchased New:   $279
Handmade Item Material Expenses:  $30
Would-be Cost if Purchased New:  $120

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