Saturday, December 4, 2010

Show Some Respect: Christmas Love For A Faux Mantle

Remember this guy rescued off Craigslist forever ago? And how I tried to do this treatment over a year ago, which turned out to be less of a brilliant idea and more of an epic fail?

{Yes, that seems to be the common thread throughout my life, but somehow it ALWAYS COMES AS A SURPRISE.}

In this case, the remedy was putting in some plain wood and that was the end. Really. Although the look of the room has changed since this photo was taken 8 months ago, the short term insert-y solution had now become the long term reality. Until now. I finally ignored my husband's opinion (another surprise) saying that the plan B I had been dreaming of forever was cheesy.

Epiphany #1: Your home should reflect your personality. And since I can't figure out how to reflect loud and saucy, let's move down the list of my character traits until we find -OH LOOK - cheesy. Not too far from the top either.

What does cheesy need? 2 coats of chalkboard paint. At least in this case.

Now our game room, which is prone to get a wee bit chilly come winter time? Warm and toasty.

Especially with a little Christmas cheer. Hopefully cheerful enough to distract from that blasted cord.

17 comments:

  1. I think it's adorable. The fire is cute, but personally I would have drawn something a little more morbid, like Santa's feet. I believe in traumatizing my children.

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  2. If you can't have the real deal, why not chalk? I love it! We just found out we've been using gas logs in a wood burning {with a gas starter} which is apparently a bad idea. Good thing we only actually use it a few times a year. I'm thinking a chalkboard insert would get more use at this point.

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  3. Okay, so I just realized that there is a bouncy ball eyeball in between the Santa boots.

    Seriously? AN EYEBALL??

    See what happens when I clean off windowsills and have to move curtains to do it? Things come rolling out. And I take pictures of them. I can't even script stuff like this. So lame. And awesome.

    Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like loose body parts.

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  4. the chalkboard remedy is fabulous. can't wait to see what the kids come up with to draw in that space. :) and i notice that you have a thing for monkeys... while decorating my house for christmas this year i remembered a post you'd done last year or the year before about all your christmas decorations. you took a picture of a sock monkey ornament and said something like, "it would'nt be christmas without a monkey". and it truly is amazing how you can make a monkey look like christmas! just tuck him in between some garland or greenery tied up with a bow and wa-lah! christmas monkey is here!!

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  5. LOL!! You never fail to make me laugh!

    Love the eyeball... er, fireplace! It's so cute! (not the eyeball)

    Donna

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  6. Rebecca, I love it!!! You keep it so real, and I'm totally inspired by that. And...I don't think you're chessy, just ecclectic and that's a good thing!

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  7. OK, I had to come back and play "eye" spy! I had to re-read where you said it was before I even noticed it! :-)

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  8. oh for crying out loud! this is sooooo cute! well done!

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  9. Great, now all I can see is that cord. :P Beautiful as always. Question: How do you attach your artistically draped greenery to the mantel? Nails? Or is it just carefully balanced?

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  10. Great idea! Love the roaring fire! Jackie

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  11. You are awesome! Why the heck not?

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  12. Who needs ornaments when there are leftover Halloween fragments?

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  13. Oh and Justin wanted to know what a "fox" mantle was. Apparently you don't have to read to be a cop.

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  14. HA! "I mean 'fo' spells faux. Everyone knows that." I think by everyone he means everyone in Derby Acres.

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  15. Rebecca, I love your house! It has a really homey, simple modern feel to it! Also, I was checkin out your profile pic and no wonder your hubbie likes your hair short! It looks hot!

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  16. Nothing says, "It's Christmas!" like a cheesy faux fireplace. Last Christmas at my parents house we all gathered round the old TV and pretended to warm ourselves in the glow of a fireplace DVD. Strangely, it actually seemed to work.

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  17. HAH! Love it! I have a rescued mantel in the garage...it's on my list...sigh

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