Drumroll Please…Fireplace Mantel Reveal

I am so excited to finally share my latest project with y’all today. It feels like I have been talking this mantel reveal up for the past year. I know it has been a year since I bought the worlds most difficult shelf to work with (LACK Ikea shelf) and it has been about four months since my father was able to make it work. I have finally styled it in a way that makes me happy and am already thinking of all the changes I can make to it for the upcoming holidays! But for now, I hope you enjoy my latest conquest.

Et voila! Here is my end of summer/still in Texas style mantel featuring a few projects you have already seen. The gold starburst mirror makeover from earlier this summer makes for the perfect transitional focal point on my mantel. I am excited to see how it pairs with my fall and winter accessories.

You probably remember the mini planters I shared last week. Now you know where they ended up! I know, I am so sure the suspense was killing you.

And to finish it all up, I added a picture of my family. Well of my sisters, mom and nephews (one still in my sisters belly) in a thin gold frame my mom scored at her favorite thrift store. Alongside is a budget find I have not featured, the colorful Moroccan inspired lantern, waiting to be filled with a flameless candle. And no shelf is complete without an owl perched on it. This particular owl is actually a votive candle holder I scored on super sale at World Market.

Before. What I was looking at for a full 8 months (and I’m totally embarrassed to share that lol)

After. I am so happy to see this right as I walk inside my apartment! And I really cannot wait to start switching it up once it actually starts to feel like fall.


What projects have spent too much time on your to do list? Making any plans to finish those up?

I am hoping for a quiet weekend full of crafts and diy projects! Can’t wait to share those with y’all. Til then, I hope everyone is having an excellent week!


Budget Find: Starburst Mirror

I have another exciting budget find/diy to share with y’all tonight. I have been seeing different versions of starburst mirrors online for a while now and was thinking of what kind of version I would like to make. On the same weekend I was going to buy the supplies, I stumbled upon this awesome find.

At my local Ross store I found the last round mirror leaning against the shelf with a clearance tag on it. The mirror originally retailed for $29.99 at Ross, marked down to $14.99 now, that’s 50% off! As I was inspecting the mirror to make my final decision, my little sister spotted a tiny crack on the back of the mirror, she told the cashier about it, and scored me this mirror for just under $12! I was sooo excited and had big plans for this mirror.


Gold accents have been my latest obsession, I have gone through 3 gold spray paint bottles since February, which seems like a lot considering all the rainy weekends where I wasn’t able to spray paint anything. Anyhoo, as much as I like the rustic, disheveled look, I did not think that it would stand out as much as it would in gold. I was really looking for a statement piece for my mantel. (Once again, stay tuned for that reveal!)


That means I got this baby prepped and ready for a makeover! I covered the circular mirror with tons of tape and newspaper and gave it a good cleaning with a clorox wipe.


Next, I took the mirror outside and blasted it with some spray primer. I seriously thought about leaving the starburst white for a few moments, then decided against it thinking of my initial vision.


And done! I let it dry overnight and love the finished look!


I chose a really metallic gold finish for this mirror to find a versatile statement piece for the mantel I am currently styling. I am hoping this gold mirror can easily transition between each season and allow me to decorate for each season.

As of right now the mirror is leaning against the fireplace. I hope the wall above the mantel does not defeat me as it has in the past! Because I am still so excited to share what I have been working on lately with you all!

Til then, I hope everyone is having a great week so far!