I had in my mind a metallic look for our fall mantle...bronzes, golds, and glitter (cause who doesn't love some glitter!). So I basically used what he had used in past fall mantles, but bought a can of gold spray paint and a can of bronze to transform the look totally.
And since you probably don't remember our fall mantle from last year (I didn't even remember it!), here's what it looked like:
|how blah is that?!?|
For a close-up version of my metallicized mantle, here are our pinecones (left brown last year) all jazzed up in gold/bronze goodness:
I did create this totally free art addition to the mantle by spray painting a frame gold and then doing a simple leaf rubbing in bronze paint. To do it, I just grabbed a leaf out of the yard, coated the veiny side with paint, and then placed it down (on the cardboard that comes in the frame), and gently rolled over it. I was kind of excited at the result!
Per usual, our mantle was the main recipient of a fall spruce up, but I did put a few other touches around the house, like these spray painted (are you surprised?!?) branches on our tv console coupled with a vine pumpkin I had picked up at Target a few years back:
And a cinnamon stick votive I whipped up (that I don't think I'm actually digging, but I figured I'd show you anyway)
Oh, and of course those mums that kick started my whole fall decorating spree...along with the wreath I had made last year:
|pardon the sidewalk chalk names...|
that has become one of Colton's favorite games!
Considering Fall officially starts this week, I'm thinking I'm not totally out of line in getting all this stuff out, right?