Fall Decorating & Mantel

3:58:00 PM

My Fall mantel started out with a little
project in the shop first, then a few pieces from 
a discarded piano.

I had leftover antique floor boards once found on the side of the road. I attached 3 together with 2 boards on the back. 

Brass pieces from a piano I also found on the road 
created perfect legs for each side. 

I wanted to give the sign a little added character.

I painted on the word FALL, heavily distressed the boards, 
then gave the sign a coat of lemon oil to darken the finish.

Old tools are my favorite thing to decorate with. 

You will always find an old vice or some rusty gears in my decor so the piano pieces were the perfect touch.

A few other favorite things balance off the ends of my extra long mantel.

A handmade mini ladder and a very tall candle holder made from a wooden thrift store bowl and a discarded column.

A rusty pick ax makes a great candle holder... why not?!

My mantel is ready for another fall season!


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  1. You always do such unique decorating! I've been thinking about trying to make some signs. But I'm not very good with paint. However, I can use a stencil, so maybe I'll give it a try. I'd so LOVE to have an extra long mantel!

  2. Delightful! I love the rusty elements and the found treasures. It's perfect :)

  3. this is super cool, love all the industrial goodies!

  4. I've never heard of lemon oil. Does it work on all woods? Love the rustic look!

  5. This is perfect. I love what you did with that little ladder. I just might try the same thing with my big one. Thanks!

  6. You know...this makes me hate our TV above the mantel. That is such a creative and simple mantel. I miss making the mantel beautiful....it's always decorated with Spongebob or Survivor Man...serioulsy?!

  7. It looks wonderful! I love the addition of the piano parts, so cool!!

  8. Love the Fall boards. I have boards, Fall is coming - I should make them into that.

  9. I LOVE your fall mantle Susan!! I am working on mine here and there. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  10. Love your fall touches, Susan! The fall sign is great!


  11. Susan, I LOVE your Fall mantel!! It looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Tickled Pink Times Two! Make it a pink day!

  12. Hi Susan- Would love if you would link this to my Friday Favorites party! It needs some fun stuff like this! http://imnotatrophywife.com

    Love the mantel! laura

  13. I love this set up on your mantel. Rustic but with the lady form it gives a little fancy mix. :)


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