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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?



12 comments:

  1. Great craigslist find!! Yay, mantels!

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

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  2. Becca!

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

    Have a great weekend!

    blessings,
    karianne

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

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

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

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  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?

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  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!

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

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  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. :)

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  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.

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