My Fall Fireplace Mantle
Hello Fox Hollow Friends!
Come on, let’s check out my mantel full of freebie clipped stuff from my yard & rusty junque!
I’m so proud.
Oh, and yes… my mantle is channeling AC/DC baby!
I’m Back In Black.
I ditched the aqua wall color [here]… and went with the Chalkboard look. I looooove it.
Sometime last year, I was browsing Habitat For Humanity and I saw a cache of old, vintage wood handle hand tools. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. Growing up, both my grandfathers had workshops in their garages. Work shops full of wonderful power tools, drill presses, band saws, tables saws, belt sanders.. hand tools and about every washer, nut and bolt known to man! And I got to grow up in them.
Well, I had to bring a few home. While I don’t have their old hand tools.. these make me think of them. Both of my grandfathers worked at Northrop. My dad’s dad worked on The Spruce Goose. He even got to meet the elusive Howard Hughes. While we lived in McMinnville Oregon, they moved to Spruce Goose to a museum there. What are the odds?
My dad said his dad definitely had a hand drill just like this one. It works too. I checked it out when I got home. I even have some of the drill bits that came with it!
Anyhow. The rest of the mantel consists of Fern fronds that screamed Fall to me while I was out hunting around, and some clippings of something I never noticed when it was in bloom. I don’t know what they heck they are? Great Fall color though, and free. I’ll make sure to pay attention next Spring. I was a little distracted this year with the floor project.
You guys, don’t be intimidated by a chalkboard wall! I love ours and you don’t have to do fancy hand lettering or intricate designs (unless you want too!). It offers such a great moody feel, even when un-chalked. And here, I simply added swirls and gave them a little smudge with my fingers. So if you’ve been thinking about it, go for it!
Just a quick peek at another chalkboard non-chalked alternative [here] …
And I don’t know why, but I never put candle sticks in those chippy candle holders? I always want them out though! The only time they have been put up since we moved here, was while we were working on the floors. I couldn’t wait to get them back out. I missed them. They are just one of my favorite things.
So there ya have it. I hope ya like my super-simple frugal Fall mantel.
With the exception of the chalkboard paint, I had everything you see.
You can find a really easy tutorial on how to make a burlap and paper sack Fall leaf here.
As well as how to make a tin can and burlap garland here.
Well, that’s it for me!
As always.. THANK YOU for taking the time to stop by the hollow.
For more FALL, please visit my Autumn Abounds friends below:
Tuesday, Sept. 10th Heather @ http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
Wednesday, Sept. 11th Jen @ http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/
Thursday, Sept. 12th Kristin @ http://myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/
Friday, Sept. 13th Maryann @ http://www.domestically-speaking.com/
Monday, Sept. 16th Kristin @ http://www.yellowblissroad.com/
Tuesday, Sept. 17th Vanessa @ http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
Wednesday, Sept. 18th Heather @ http://www.settingforfour.com/
Thursday, Sept. 19th Mary Beth @ http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/
Friday, Sept. 20th Becca @ http://www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com/
Monday, Sept. 23rd Kristen @ http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/
Tuesday, Sept. 24th Angelina @ http://jojoandeloise.com/
Wednesday, Sept. 25th Courtney @ http://www.frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
Thursday, Sept. 26th Debbie @ http://debbie-debbiedoos.com/
Friday, Sept. 27th Kim @ http://sandandsisal.com/