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Friday, June 1, 2012

Be vewy vewy quiet...

We're hunting mantels.

Fireplace mantels that is.

I, once again, blame pinterest for this insane disease.  I see something and I want it.
The plethora of gorgeous, mind blowing mantel decorations is never ending.

I even made a pinterest board just for mantels that you can see here.  So many options, right?

Take this Halloween mantel.  Um, Halloween is my favorite holiday.  Geez, I wish I had a mantel to decorate it like this.

Or how about this inviting Christmas mantel?  How warm and fuzzy does this make you feel?  Wow, I wish I had a mantel to decorate it like this.

I am in love with this Junk Mantel from Funky Junk Interiors, one of my favorite blogs to follow.  I love junk!  Golly, I wish I had a mantel to decorate like this.

Here is where Craigslist comes in handy.

I have my settings on my Craigslist app to alert me whenever mantels are for sale.

Only problem is they are so expensive!
$950?  Not in my lifetime
$700?  Yeah right.
Not even $150 was in my budget - *headdesk*

Months went by and still I couldn't find anything.

This is gonna be harder than I thought.  That empty bare wall in my living room is just gonna have to wait...

Or so I thought.

Ain't she a beaut??

I found her on Craigslist... It has glowing logs, a metal crate for the logs AND the fireplace screen!  *SQUEAL*

To make the situation better.  It was Free.  You read right...F-R-E-E!

Oh, but she's heavy. The woman who owned her first lived on the second floor apartment. IN MY COMPLEX.  How funny is that?  I had to go literally down the road for it.

Doooown the stairs. Ouch.

*I* live on a second floor apartment.

Uuuuup the stairs. Ouch.

Sit back and admire.  YESSS!

Immediately, I started grabbing some knick knacks off my entertainment center.  I didn't care what I grabbed, I just wanted to decorate it.

Ok. Ok. It's not much, it looks downright pitiful compared to the ones I showcased earlier.
Guess I have some learning to do.

Geez, wow, golly- I have a mantel to decorate now!

What is your favorite way to decorate your mantels?


  1. Great craigslist find!! Yay, mantels!

    1. I couldn't believe it when it was free. I had just about given up looking for one! :)

  2. Becca!

    That is amazing! I love your new mantel. You go girl. Free is always the best!

    Have a great weekend!


    1. Thanks Karianne, you too! I kinda love it too!

  3. How awesome is that? I'm a "FREE" freak too! LOL! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Torri, my fiance always says "If it's free then it's for me!" haha.

  4. Great mantels...I usually just change out my mantel several times a year...Christmas, Fall, Spring....There sure are so many great ideas out there on PInterest...What did we ever do before that?

  5. Wow! What a fun find! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy decorating it over and over and over again!

    I found you by way of the Take It in Tuesday Blog Hop. Can't wait to explore your blog a little more. :o) hope you can stop by for a visit sometime soon. I am at http://librarystorytimeabcs.blogspot.con

    Now, I am off to mantle hunt myself. Shhhhh! Lol

    Enjoy your week!
    K @ Storytime Fun!

    1. Thanks K. Hope you find some great mantles on your journeys!

  6. Wow - that's a great find. Congratulations - your patience has been rewarded. I'm happy for you. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime. :)

  7. Good for you for waiting until you found a mantel (whole fireplace) at the right price--free! You will have so much fun decorating it for the holidays.