get ready for summer and make small changes! {mantel re-do}

i loved our spring mantel, but since easter is over, i put away the bunnies and made a few small changes.

you can see the before pics here. i spray painted the clear vases yellow. they were from the dollar store so i wasn’t worried about ruining them. and they turned out great!

i added in a few sea stars, a vintage mexican vase and a driftwood heart.

on the other side of the room i added a couple little yellow frames that i thrifted and spray painted. the yellow touches feel fresh for summer. the pomegranate painting was also a thrifted find.

and the pennant banner with ‘family’ will be staying for a while.

i’ve got spring fever–i’m so ready for summer. how about you?!


  1. Any tips for decorating a mantel with a tv above it?
    We found a very cool mantel that fits perfectly around our gas fireplace. It’s beautiful but I’m stuck on how to decorate with a tv above it.

  2. Spray painting glass vases — brilliant! Thanks for the great tip. The yellow you used is so pretty. Can you share what brand/color of spray paint? Love everything you’ve done — so happy and fresh. That bottle w/the flowers on it is stunning…was it a thrift store find?

  3. I have to ask where you got that blue chair? It is adorable and exactly what I’m looking for to create a reading nook in my home!

      1. You did that yourself? Looks very well done. I think I might have just found a similar one on craigslist and now I’m dying to have it but wouldnt know where to start with reupholstering it!

  4. The yellow is so sunny! And, frankly, since the climbing rose vine came scratching at the door this afternoon to inform me the tomato plants are demanding snorkels…. I’d say we’re ready for some sunshine!

  5. Hi Lisa, so so pretty. I love the way you find thrifty treasures and enliven them with spray paint. I must try this too.
    Giggle, oh yes to Spring.. we are in late Autumn here in New Zealand and we have Winter still to come! I adore Spring most of all, so can’t wait! LOLOL.. only a few months to go.. phooey! Smiles…

  6. Love it Lisa! I don’t remember if I got my branches-in-a-vase idea from you, or if we just think alike. My mantel has branches with starfish hanging from them with twine. Check out my blog – it’s on my Sunday, May 15th post.

  7. I am sooo ready for summer! I love the pops of yellow. When spray painting the vases. Do you paint the inside or the outside? Thanks!

  8. so cute!! question, where did you find the pear painting? I have a set of twins and collect pears for my pair 🙂

  9. LOVE the yellow and I have never been a “yellow fan” but it looks lovely! Very summery….refreshing!
    On another note, I love your hair. I, too, have curly hair and I fight it every day. Tomorrow I have a hair appointment and I am going to ask my friend if she can help me work with my hair instead of against it. LOL Would be thrilled if I could style mine like yours…..although not likely! I’ll keep you posted!

  10. Did you get these pictures out of a Better Homes & Gardens magazine? 🙂 Your house is beautiful!! I may have to steal some of your ideas for my own mantel. 🙂

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