I had stared at it long enough… It was time to make some decisions. When we finished our home a few months back my kitchen mantle was one of my favorite places. I don’t have a mantle in any of my other rooms so I knew that I wanted one over my stove. I love it… just couldn’t decide what was worthy enough to sit up there… didn’t want anything that might hinder that love, you know??

I decorated the entire mantle for under $40… thank you Hobby Lobby. I bought an open back frame for $15, and baroque mirror for $7, the big once gold “G” for $5, a grapevine wreath for $4, a clearance garden finial for $2 and a few deco balls at under $5 to finish it off. The gold “G”(my last name initial) was painted as soon as I made it home with Folkart Seamist and everything else was ready to go. I am sure I may get an itch to paint some of these down the road but for now I am happy. It added a bit of color to my kitchen and now when my friends come visit they can quit telling me that I need to put something up there… thank you girls. Thanks for stopping by! I will be posting this blog over at Twice Remembered for Kim’s Make Your Monday. Check it out…Lots of great ideas there!! http://twiceremembered.blogspot.com/2009/08/make-your-monday-week-five-add-your.html

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  1. The mantel looks beautiful!!!

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  2. Beautiful…love it all! I have that same initial from HL (with plans to paint it). You've got excellent taste!

    Have a great week!
    ~Michelle 🙂

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  4. First of all – what a fabulous mantle above your stove! Wow! I love the glaze in the crevices and old world feel. But you really made it feel warm and welcoming with your decorative accents – and being a letter love as I am, I really like the "G". Nicely done!