Restoring an antique fireplace mantle

Last weekend, I posted this picture on Instagram, leading my followers to wonder what I’m up to.

I’m going to go ahead and tell you that this project will take several posts, and I’ll be talking about it for the next few weeks…but I’m happy to scratch the surface today.

This absolutely lovely antique mantle has been in my garage for almost two years. I knew what I wanted to do with it but just couldn’t find the time. Story of my life. I knew I wanted it done by December so I felt compelled to stop dragging my feet and just do it.

Then, there was a whole lotta strippin’ going on, and not the sexy kind. At least this kind of stripper doesn’t smell bad. Just brush it on with a paintbrush and wait thirty minutes. Then, scrape that paint right off. You may have to repeat the process, if there are several layers of paint to remove. I had to do this three times.

Plus, the stripper gives everything a pinkish hue, which is also lots of fun.

I used low grit sandpaper and a plastic putty knife to scrape away the paint. I’ve almost got all the paint off.

And if you’ll tune in next week, I’ll show you the second installment. Come see us next Tuesday to see what I’m doing with this mantle.

A Fixer Upper inspired wood sign

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I love the show Fixer Upper. I also love the super cute decor that Joanna uses to stage their homes. Have you seen the Magnolia Market website? There are so many things that I want, but I do not have a big enough bank account to buy them all.

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This lovely sign is $70. I love it, but I cannot see paying that for this sign.

I did have a can of white paint, a board, and black paint.

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I quickly painted my board white. I then created some letter stencils.

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I traced the letters and then painted them in with black paint.

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I then added hangers to the back.

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I then hung the sign in my dining room. It’s not perfect but I love it! What do you all think?

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Four Farmhouse Projects

Four Farmhouse Projects

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This time of year is always a busy one for teachers, so I never seem to post as many blog posts as I’d like. Today, I’d like to share some super cute farmhouse projects with you all.

  1. Classic farmhouse wooden sign 

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You can make this one with just a stencil, some scrap wood, some paint and some wood stain. You can even freehand it if you’re more artistically talented than I am. There are so many things I want to put on a sign like this one! I can’t wait to make a few more.

 

2.  Wooden Farmhouse planter box 

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I made this box from some mis-measured wood pieces from another project, and some walnut wood stain. I have used this box for Christmas, for spring, for fall, and for winter. It’s so much fun to decorate with!

3. Farmhouse chunky wood candlesticks 

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These super cute, very farmhouse candlesticks are made from wood-turned chair legs, terra-cota flower pot saucers, and chalk paint. I ended up with three really nice candlesticks for around $20.

4. DIY Rustic wood coat rack 

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This rustic wood coat rack is made from a plank of scrap wood, some walnut stain, and some Hobby Lobby drawer pulls. It adds a unique touch to our room and was super easy to make too!

 

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab some scrap wood and some walnut stain and get to creating! I can’t wait to see what you make.