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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!
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  5. 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!! 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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)

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

    Stopping by from Sugar Bee Crafts.


  10. 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!

  11. 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.


  12. 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.