Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

Can y’all believe it’s almost Thanksgiving already!?

 I swear, time is flying by so fast that it feels like there is just summer and Christmas. Before we all get completely buried in Christmas decorating, I wanted to slow things down and enjoy some of the Thanksgiving holiday and share my Thanksgiving mantel and some updates with you.

I think that people with fireplace mantels love to change them up for each season and holiday, and I am no exception. I change up my kitchen fireplace mantel on a regular basis and I also recently gave it a bit of a face lift with some new shelves and light fixtures.

This is what it looks like for Thanksgiving. Simple and clean. I mostly used white ironstone pieces and a bay leaf wreath (can see where I got that here).

Mantel (2)

This fire place initially just had the one shelf as a mantel. I had been thinking about adding two additional shelves for awhile and finally found a good match at Pottery Barn. Even better than finding the style that I wanted, they were on sale! Yippee! The store near me only had two left in the size that I wanted, one was cream, the other was black. I didn’t care, they were such a great bargain that I bought them (rather than wait for white ones to ship) because I knew that I could hit them up with my favorite tool…spray paint.

I brought them home and sprayed them white to match the existing shelf. I took less than one can of spray paint with primer to do both.


We also recently changed out the light fixtures that flank the fireplace.

They were way too small for the space, seriously ugly and desperately needed changed. This is what they looked like before:


I mean, I guess they would be fine if you are going for an old timey look. I wasn’t.

I found a pair that I liked, with a price that I liked even better, but of course  they were the wrong color. Initially, they were brown with red accent stripes.

Light Fixture

No worries, I used spray paint (that I had left over from this project) in hammered gray to match the other light fixtures in the room. Now they look like this:


So much better!

Two really easy ways that I that freshened up the space above the mantel with the help of spray paint. Not only does it look lighter and brighter, it also makes it much easier to add those little seasonal touches that I cant resist.

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

What do y’all think of the changes? Do you love to use spray paint as much as I do?

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32 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Mantel

    1. Thanks so much Carole! How wonderful that you also like the light, clean look! I wish that I had a milk glass collection!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Karen,
    Your Thanksgiving Mantel is gorgeous, dear friend!!!
    I adore the Pottery Barn shelves above the mantle, too!!!
    The ironstone and the wreath are simplistic elements
    that are perfectly suited for the Season of “giving thanks”!!!
    Spray paint and I do n o t mix well together. . .but “Mr. Ed” does quite nicely, with spray paint!!!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely make~over of your mantle.
    Blessing upon you and your family at Thanksgiving!!!
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    1. Thanks Pat! I am not the craftiest person in the world,but the one thing that I can do is spray paint stuff :)
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! It snowed here last year for Thanksgiving, i’m hoping we do not get a repeat of that!

    1. Thanks so much Judith! Ha! You are so right about it being the new boxwood! The fresh only last a week or 2 before the leaves start to change, lets hope I still like them as much then…but the price is so good, they are perfect for Thanksgiving.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thanks so much Jane! we have an old house with walls like a bomb shelter, so you have to be pretty sure before you put something on the wall! I’m glad these worked out!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thanks Shelley! I swear, this time of year I feel like I change this darn thing every other week, so simple is good :)
      Have a happy Thanksgiving with your geusts!

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