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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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

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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!