So I've decided that my new decorating style is funky traditional. And yes...I made that up. My tastes have always leaned toward the traditional side, but lately I'm bored with it. I need a little funk to spice things up a bit. I wish that I was more of a risk taker, but I'm baby steppin it people. (Bob would be so proud)
This is what I call my funky traditional mantel. I moved the cheap wall art I showed y'all how to make (in this post) from above the sofa and propped it up against the brick wall. I like it much better here. But now I have a semi blank wall to fill. Oh joy...another project in the making! And before y'all say it...I know it's a little matchy matchy. I have such a serious addiction to symmetry it's not even funny. Once again, I'm baby steppin. For real...I AM working on it!
This was the boring before. See...I told you it needed some funk.
Most of the accessories on the mantel came from Hobby Lobby's 80% off section. Unfortunately, they were a little TOO gold for my taste. See the picture above? They were all shades of this bright gold before I started the makeover. Now, don't get me wrong, there is nothin wrong with gold. I just wanted a softer look. I really liked the shape and size of the finials and frame, and knew I could change them up with paint. And for pennies on the dollar, they fit my minuscule budget perfectly.
This little bottle of $1.27 acrylic paint worked wonders on the goldy gold. It's made by Folk Art and the color is Metallic Taupe. It turns the harsh gold into a subtle shade of champagne...gorgeous! I must give props to the brains behind this idea. Kate ... Centsational Girl, gave me this one. I'm new to her fabulous blog...she is so talented and has such great ideas. You must check her out.
From garish gold...to sumptuous champagne.
Easy, inexpensive, and beautiful...3 of my favorite things!