Friday, December 5, 2008

A Sparkly Christmas Fireplace Mantel


Hi everyone! After trying many different things, I finally finished my fireplace mantel yesterday. I just had to stop messing with it after a while and move on.


This year I decided to hang a glittery star above the mantel. So I spray painted a tin star that I've had white - Ivory Bisque actually. I got several cans of Ivory Bisque about a year ago on clearance at Home Depot - you can never have too much white or black spray paint!



After it was dry I sprayed it with spray adhesive and added some Martha Stewart Mica Flakes. But that didn't make it glittery enough for me so I then sprayed it with some more spray adhesive and added some silver glitter.







The green glittery "Noel" sign is from that dollar section at Target - $2.50. and the cones on either side of it are from the Dollar Tree - $1 each. The other stuff I had from last year and I used some of my faux mercury glass.



I don't know about you, but my house is a huge mess! I've got boxes of decorations all over, 1/2 worked on projects laying around, and too much to do and too little time do it! I'd like to spend the weekend getting control over this mess but we're putting up our outdoor lights this weekend and we do a lot of lights. My husband would like our house to be seen from outerspace!

Have a great weekend everyone!


47 comments:

Heather said...

i love it! wow it looks so great!

Melissa Wertz said...

M, you mantel is beautiful!

Rhonda in OK said...

Your mantel looks great! I love the way you hung the star over the mirror and that you did it all on a low budget.

You are so right about decorating making a mess too - mine is all currently in the guest room but son Jimmy will be here for the weekend so I need to at least pile it off to one side.

But no outdoor lights on our home - we just enjoy our neighbors pretty lights

Screaming Meme said...

Hahaha! I know...Mine too...I need some helping hands is what I need... Your husband is like the movie...I forget the name...but it has Danny Devito! :) I loved that movie!

Rambling Girl said...

WOWZA...lovin it! I just love lights outside...my little loves it so much and I think that is why I do also...just makes me feel all good inside seeing mine so happy and exciting about lights outside....

salmagundi said...

The mantel really looks wonderful. I'm really attracted to those sequined cones. Did you make those? I know, my house is a mess, too. That's my goal today - to get all of the boxes put away. Sally

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

My house is a huge mess, too.

Your mantel isn't a huge mess...it looks amazing. Thank you for the instructions on how you did your sparkly star. It looks great!

Deb said...

Hi Manuela! I love it! I love how made for Christmas your candle sticks are. Everything you chose is perfect! Deb

Kelly said...

Looks great! I love the NOEL sign. You and Clark G have fun putting up all of your lights.

ivoryspring said...

I have enjoyed your Christmas decorations! The all look great.

Emily said...

Your mantle looks great and your kitchen is amazing as well! Do you have the Ektorp sofa? I own two and love them. Love the pillows on your sofa.

This Little Hen said...

Your mantel is beautiful!

Katie said...

Oh my goodness! So beautiful! Just like the picture of your mantel from last year, I added this picture to my "inspiration" folder for when I have a house to decorate instead of just a teeny apartment.

glorv1 said...

I agree with everyone, your mantle is just so beautiful. Have fun putting up your lights tomorrow. Take care.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love how the star turned out! The sparkles really set it off. I wish I had a traditional mantle so that I could do that to mine, too! :)
Carrie

Adrienne said...

Hi Manuela -
I'm beginning to get some decorating done - finally! And I'm trying some different things this year, too. Maybe a simpler touch, or at least not the same as the last few years.

Your star is gorgeous and everything you put on your mantel is just perfect. I'm still working on my mantle. I keep tweaking and rearranging and getting a better idea.
~Adrienne~

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh yeah.... you did good.... it is christmas shiny.... Love the idea about spray adhesive for glitter ...I have wondered if that works.... and by golly it sure does..... I adore those gold trees on the end.... looks like square sequins on it.... I know what you mean I am cleaning the kind you have to tear everything up.... then put back together.....I will be looking for the shine in the eastern sky..... Manuela's house shining bright for Christmas...
HUgs
Linda

Shilo said...

Oh Manuela, that is SOOO beautiful! I adore it! Especially how thrifty it was! :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Blessings!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Manuela, your mantel is PERFECT~! I love the sparkle. I love the way you hung the star overs the mirror too.
Hugs,
Penny

momstheword said...

These are so pretty. I love what you did with it. I have not even begun to decorate...hard to do it while sitting at the computer, lol!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my goodness...first off the show n tell part, the great stuff you've shown, is awesome and so festive and warm looking. Then, secondly, I love the angles of the photo shoots!!! Perfect.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love to have company. You made my day. Have a great weekend.

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Your mantle looks lovely!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow Manuela, your mantel looks perfect. I'd say you did an incredible job. It really adds having the star over the mirror, great idea. I just love all the sparkle. Looks like something Macy's would do as a display!
Blessings,
Debbie

Sharon Kay said...

Hi, your fireplace looks just right and very festive. Love the tar and it does look like Christmas at your house.

Sue said...

You are just a crazy lady with that spray paint and glitter!! And isn't the Target dollar spot just the best...I never pass it without stopping and finding something good....have a great weekend...We're going to check out the European outdoor market at Atlantic Station....it looks pretty interesting....I think everyday around 6:00 they release artificial snow!

Mrs. Rabe said...

That is some serious glitter! Very pretty! I love Martha Stewart regular glitter - I used it for the first time this year!

You are always full of creativity!

mrsjones6 said...

Your mantle looks so good Manuela! I love the combination of elements that make it up. So much eye-candy to enjoy! :)
Have fun with all of your outdoor lights. We've just put up garland on the porch this year. It seems Christmas just snuck up on us this year.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Jen

bec4 said...

Manuela--I love the glittery mantle--it is beautiful and balanced and just right.

I have such a mess too! I had hoped that it would be put away by today, but unfortunately, it is not!

Storybook Woods said...

Your mantel looks like you are ready to celabrate. I love it xoxox Clarice

Amber said...

That looks beautiful. And I bet it's even more gorgeous at night in candlelight!

Angie said...

Looks beautiful! Love all the silver!

window into our life of love, joy, and adventures! said...

wow! I love what you have done, it is beautiful!
I am feeling a bit overwhelmed here as well with boxes,unfinished projects,my holiday baking, the usual housekeeping stuff and a son who is in the slow process of moving out! But I am sure it will all come together and I can sit and enjoy! have a blessed Day!

Tracey McBride said...

Wow, Manuela, I am floored!! You are amazing...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your holiday decorations (and the ones from Christmas Past post). You are so talented and really think out of the box to come up with such unique ideas. I love EVERYTHING but especially like the sparkly's (sparkles, to me, say FESTIVE!)...I also love the way you spray painted the star and then surprised me by putting it over your wrought iron mirror above the fireplace !! So clever, I never would have thought to do that.
Just had to let you know how much I enjoy your blog, and that I really agree with you on the white and black spray paint philosophy!!
I'm going to post this and then spend some more time looking through you blog.
Warmly,
Tracey

She'sSewPretty said...

Your mantel looks fantastic! I can't believe you bought those trees at Dollar World. I see a shopping trip in my future!

laurie said...

Beautiful mantel. Those blingy trees are wonderful. laurie

Mimi Sue said...

Your house is looking so festive. Love your glittery houses. Mimi
PS My house looks like a Christmas bomb exploded.

Kelli said...

Oh, it's perfect! I love all the glitter and the garland is the perfect finishing touch!
~Kelli

mary beth said...

Your mantel decor is beautiful. I love glitter and the items from the Dollar Store and Target are great. I shop there all the time...it makes me feel like I am being decadent. :) I looked at some of your other posts...I love your eye for decorating and detail.

LuLu said...

Absolutley Beautiful! I love the star..thanks so much for tell me how to attempt my own star!!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
Your mantle looks really good. I like the sparkly star!
Hugs, Rhondi

Rosemary said...

Love it all Manuela!!
You know how I love the sparkly stuff. You have a great eye for placement.
Have a lovely weekend,
Rosemary

Betsy said...

How very sparkly! :)

Mary said...

All looks lovely - and did you get the lights up? I'm still working on mine also!!

Jinx said...

Wow, I really, really like your mantle!

I'm off to the Dollar Store to see if they still have any of those trees!

Susie Q said...

This looks wonderful! You come up with such beautiful and special ideas!

Love,
Sue

Utah fireplace said...

Hey,
Its look great!Your mantel isn't a huge mess...it looks amazing. Thank you for the instructions on how you did your sparkly star.

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