Entryway Redo {or why I decided to make a mantel}

Moving to Texas has come with some upsides and some downsides. We are renting a three bedroom, 1,400 sq/ft house for less that then rent was on our two bedroom, 900 sq/ft apartment. However, this wonderful house has a very dark entry way and no fireplace.

My favorite thing about our last apartment was my fireplace and mantel. It was wonderful to light a fire and read a book on rainy days. Also, my mom was super jealous of the mantel so she helped me decorate it. She even bought me the GORGEOUS Lenox vase that was a pretty penny. It has to be one of my favorite things I own. 

Once we moved, the mantel decorations stayed in a box. I wasn't particularly thrilled with this, but I just couldn't think of anywhere else to put them. My mom passed away not long after we moved out here and I just really wanted to have a fond reminder of her in my house. So I decided I was going to deal with the dull entry way and my desire to have a mantel all at the same time.

I found this poor beaten up shelf at Thrift Town for free {well, it was $5 and I had a $5 off $10 coupon so let's just call it free}. A good coat of paint made it pretty again. I added the beautiful vase with hydrangeas, the compas like iron wall art, and three candles to it. It was missing something, so I decided to add the scalloped paint chip framed art to it. I'm really glad I did. I think it finishes up the look. Here's the tutorial on the art piece. It was easy and super cheap!

Come party with me!


  1. This is so cute! I just moved to the south too...and AMEN about the cheaper rent, it's almost half the price for twice the space!.... and I don't have a mantel anymore either! I'll have to do something like this:)

  2. Very cute. A long mantel was a selling point for me in the purchase of our home. I love changing it out. Glad you found a solution.

  3. I love it!! I adore when people make their own mantels. Who needs a fire, anyway??

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  4. I don't have a fireplace either {who needs one in Florida?}, so for a long time I used a long shelf for a "mantel" too! The vase is very lovely too by the way - what a special remembrance it holds.

  5. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)

  6. Love it!! So glad you linked up with us and can't wait to see what you link up this week!


  7. Very cute! Nice twist on an old classic. Your newest GFC follower. :)