Well it’s finally arrived…my favorite season of all.
Are you as happy about Fall as I am?
Every since I saw this quote by Albert Camus I wanted to put it on my Fall mantel.. I love the sentiment, it’s so filled with hope and the idea of new beginnings and it expresses my own feelings about the month of October in particular.
So before I went out of town I looked around my house for a gold frame I could use for my chalkboard art and I found this perfect one with my bunny oil painting.
Here’s a photo from last year
If you’re putting together your own mantel be sure to shop your house. Use things you already have. I didn’t buy anything for this Fall mantel except for my roses and the $5.00 wood scrap that I painted with chalkboard paint. If you’re new to chalkboard projects this is what I did.
I popped out the painting and took the measurements of the inside of the frame. That’s the size of the scrap wood I would be painting with chalkboard paint. Then I went to the nearest Lowes, found this thin piece of wood and had them cut it for me. I gave it a few good coats of chalkboard paint and it was ready for the Camus quote.
This was my first version.
I did in a hurry before I left town. But once I got back and really looked at it I decided to paint over it and take more time.
I did this version while we were watching the Breaking Bad finale. Again, if you’re interested in how I write with the chalkboard pen you can check out my other projects. But I’m not the best person to learn from because I’m too lazy to use any kind of template. I do it all freehand.
This is what I use: a tape measure, a level to mark straight lines, painter’s tape and a copy of the quote next to me and that’s it. By the way, did you see that last show? Wow, it was powerful.
Anyway, back to my chalkboard art.
I have to say that I like this version SO much better.
What do you think?
Here’s my Fall mantel for the living room.
In shades of cream, pink and orange. Oh, and I gotta have that pop of black!
How easy is this? These are the items I used for my mantel.
- real apples
- a couple of distressed frames
- a pumpkin plopped into a urn with moss
- little white pumpkins
- and books
- leaves tied on a piece of twine
Even though I really wanted to keep my little oil painting on the mantel, … it threw off the balanced look I wanted. But I’ll find a place on my other mantel for it because I’m in love with these colors.
I’ll be sharing more Fall decorating in the days to come as I get my house ready for …
a little Fall tour….
Have you bought your first pumpkin yet?
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