DIY/ mantel

Simple Summer Mantel

A Simple Summer Mantel with fresh and colourful peonies!  Sometimes simple is just the best.

A couple of weeks ago, my Mom & I hit an ‘antique’ sale in their countryside neighbourhood.  I figured since I was looking for country & farm inspired treasures, what better place than out there!  And I wasn’t disappointed! 

If you are a regular reader, you probably already know about my love of all things ‘farm’ inspired! I have been slowly collecting treasures, including my little distressed table, and I was on the hunt for a weathered window frame.  What did I spy?  A treasure!  A perfectly distressed, white (because I have to have white), beautiful window frame.  

GORGEOUS.  $4.  Yes please.  (This is where that Ikea ad comes to my mind:  ‘Start the car!  Start the car!’)

Gorgeous no?!

I tossed around the idea of spray painting it with Varathane, like I did my table, but decided I didn’t need to since it wasn’t going to be used for anything except decoration. 

But what I did envision that it needed was some chicken wire. So 5 minutes before we were about to head home,  I spied a roll of chicken wire in my parents garage. Snip. Snip.  All set. 

Total project cost $4.  Whoot! Time it took to put it all together.  5 minutes.  Double whoot! It was almost too easy.  But this frame is exactly what I had envisioned for my home!

Love the chicken wire!  Love the chippy paint.  Just love.

So a mantel is born. Simple. Summery.  Farm-y. Love.

Lovely.  I just wanted a fresh and clean look for the hazy part of summer. Except I think it’s missing something!  Keep reading!

Bee-a-u-ti-ful with the peonies! 

I had to add this pretty peony.   Something was missing on my mantel, then I remembered this old bottle that I bought at that same sale.   It’s an old cough syrup bottle.  Perfect for single stems!

My mantel again, with a little change I think that it needed!

Perfect now. Do you redecorate for the seasons?  Are you always moving things around like I am?  It’s a bad habit I have, I tell ya!

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    July 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Very pretty! I love how simple & clean, yet rustic looking it is! Great find 🙂

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    July 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Soo pretty! Totally my style! Love the window frame

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    July 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    That looks SO pretty! I love the window and I love how the whole palette is so ‘white washed’ and then you get that awesome hit of colour. Looks great!

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    July 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    It turned out so nicely, Jo! I love it with the chicken wire! Great summery mantel, indeed!

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    Ali Richardson
    July 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Ooooooh, SO pretty! I would have bought that window in a heart beat! Great find, and $4 is a steal of a deal! Definitely a well deserved “start the car” moment!! Ha ha!

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    July 15, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    I’m in love with this mantle – so whimsical.

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    July 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Very pretty!! Love that old window…and $4..what a bargain!

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    July 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    I love the window! It looks great!

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    July 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    love the farm inspired look! so pretty.. i have been looking for an old window too! i need to find an antique place like this. i am so jealous!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    July 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    That is a total score!! Love it with chicken wire. I find mantels to be the hardest thing (I’m challenged in the table-scaping area). Yours is so lovely!! Pretty pink flowers are perfect.

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    Christina May Andrews
    July 15, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    This looks beautiful! Great job.

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    July 15, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    This is really lovely! The window is a perfect backdrop for the fresh peonies!

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    July 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    i absolutely love your mantel! It looks stunning. im very glad i found this blog ^_^


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    July 15, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    I totally agree – it adds a certain ‘balance’ – perfection!

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    Michella Marie
    July 15, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    OMGoodness!!!! I LOVE your window frame but with the chicken wire…. PERFECTION :))
    {I have a “thang” for both, lol!!}
    Thank you so much for sharing!!
    I am having my very first link party and I would love for you to join in!!!
    It’s called Show Me How!!! ~ Friday ~ Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials ~ No. 1 ~
    It’s going on RIGHT NOW :))
    And feel free to link up as many as you want :))

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    mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings
    July 16, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Beautiful! Absolutely love everything about it! I’m visiting from TT&J wrap-up party.

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    mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings
    July 16, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Beautiful! Absolutely love everything about it! I’m visiting from TT&J wrap-up party.

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    Erin of
    July 16, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    I love it! The window is amazing and the whole mantle turned out gorgeous!

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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    July 16, 2011 at 2:57 AM

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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    July 16, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous~I love your beautiful mantle!! The flowers are just perfect and your window with the chicken wire- beautiful!! Stopping by from Shabby Nest – Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime!! 🙂

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    Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute.
    July 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Very, very pretty!

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    Edins House
    July 17, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    So lovely Jo-Anna! Perfect for summer 🙂 My mantle is in desparate need of some love. I think I’ll try and summer-fi it too!

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    June Scott
    July 17, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Lovely, Jo-Anna! I do have an alcove I change for the season’s/holiday’s… I blogged about it awhile back. It lacks the beauty and freshness of your peonies display though, but my alcove gets zero natural light, so, unfortunately, fresh flowers are not an option – love your display and peonies!

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    Inspire Me Heather
    July 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Your mantle looks just great – well done!

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    Kirsten @ Mushki Loves
    July 17, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    I LOVE this! I move my stuff around CONSTANTLY, especially at Christmas time, by the time It’s time to take it down I usually decide it’s how i wanted it!

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    Allison Shops
    July 18, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Very pretty. I love the simplicity of it all.
    Dropping by from Met Monday.


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    July 18, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    Oh man, I love this. I found an old window at a yard sale this week, but they wanted $30…should have talked them down! 🙂 The chicken wire inside is perfect!

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    July 19, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    What a great deal on your window! I just love the peonies and how your mantle all came together. 🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    I love the simplicity of it!

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    Summer Scraps
    July 19, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    This is so pretty and elegant. Thanks for sharing!

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    Barn Owl Primitives
    July 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    this is so darling! i’m in love!!

    xo ~ kristi

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    July 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Love the window frame! My husband made me 2 for my secret garden they were on a post. When my niece was has Autium saw them she put her little face in side the window and said “Fee fi foo fum from Jack and the Beanstalk. Something I will alway remembet:o)

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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    July 19, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Just stopping back by to say thanks for linking this up at Feathered Nest Friday!! 🙂

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    July 20, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Gorgeous! LOVE the window frame, and the arrangement is just beautiful. Want to come do my house?

    Stopping by from Sugar Bee Crafts.

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    July 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Love it. I just added chicken wire to a picture frame. That stuff is awesome!

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    July 21, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Visiting from Under the Table and Dreaming. I think the pink peonies are beautiful. I used the light and dark pink peonies in my wedding, and I think they look great on your mantel!

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    July 29, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Love your mantel! (and the window)
    catching you this week


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    Amy Kinser
    August 20, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    I love your mantel. Love the window with the chicken wire. I have several old windows that I use in my house and one that I added chicken wire to myself. So nice to visit with you from Donna’s.


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    Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal
    August 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    What a great old window frame! I too combine some chicken wire and an old window. I really love the original paint on yours!

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    May 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    So pretty!!! I am doing the glass thing. I am always changing things around. =0) I have been doing it since I was a teenager. I would change my room around it seemed like every month or so.

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      May 20, 2012 at 3:44 AM

      Thank-you! I love to change things around too – you sound like me – I was always changing my room around too as a kid!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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    December 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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