The temperatures are as crisp as the leaves under our feet. The warm colors: oranges, yellows, and reds make their way into our wardrobes and decor in our homes. It’s out with the sundresses, in with the sweaters and scarves.  We proudly display pumpkins and scarecrows and  even exchange the linens in the kitchen and bathrooms.  And y’all know, of course, I paint stuff too. Like this pallet wood sign:

give thanks

I also repainted my mantle.  This is a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while.  Can you believe I forgot to take before photos?  Here is one that shows how dark it was:shutters fireplace

And another. This photo is from my daughter’s spa themed birthday party last year.    That’s her enjoying a facial.  I know, adorable even when she is covered with green goo! You can see the mantle in the background:


So for the Mantle Makeover, I painted it using my homemade chalk paint recipe (plaster of paris method).  The paint I used was Kennsington Clark that I got for FREE from promotion at Ace Hardware over the summer.  The color: Salt Water Taffy.

mantle 1

As you can see, I still haven’t taken down my seashell garland.  We collected these when we went to the beach during the first week of September.  Some of these ‘shells’ are made from simple salt dough. Instructions here. Is this the home decor equivalent to wearing white shoes after Labor Day? I don’t care! You see, I just can’t get enough of the sea here in Tennessee.

mantle 3To achieve this aged look, after painting I sanded and applied clear + dark wax.

The results: A Fabulous look that will work all year long!

mantle 2

Since I had the paint mixed, I re-did the kitchen cabinets too. More about that later.

What is your favorite change that comes with fall?