Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Texture - The Mantel

It's texture week here at Somewhat Quirky.  I kicked it off with this post  about how I came to use pumice stones as art.  Today I thought I would talk a little bit about the mass of texture I call my mantle.

I'm in the process of expanding my mantle beyond the puny, itty-bitty state that it began.  It is cast plaster so I can't just put some molding around or tack on some wood.  I also need whatever I do to be basically free.  There's just not much in the ole budget for changing the mantle - know what I mean?

When we moved in I painted the whole thing because it was gross.  The body of the fireplace remains one of my favorite faux painting jobs ever.  I painted the mantle with the same bronze paint I used on the coving, but I didn't use the same base color, so it didn't turn out the same and I didn't like it as much.  But I loaded it with some of my favorite mantle things and left it that way for 5 years - except at Christmas.   I did, however, look it over (often) and think ARGH - it is too small.  ARGH. ARGH. ARGH. And ARGH again.

Last summer I decided I would start changing it up a bit - you know, with the seasons.  So I made a summer scape with all of my birds nests and birds.  The change did not kill me so when fall came around I tried it again. 

(speaking of texture, how about this wonderful gourd?  Could it be any better?)

I liked the stuff on the mantel but the mantel itself began to bug me even more.  I had to do something.  So I pulled out the rough hewn oak (talk about texture!) that a friend brought me from his fathers lumber stash, cut it up and pieced it together to make a "cover" for the mantel.  Then it looked like this....

Better. I liked it, but it was now disproportionate in a different way.  And too light.  So when changed it out for Christmas I put a little stain on it and cut some more of the boards to somehow bulk up the sides.

Notice I never got anything done with the side boards - they are still in the basement waiting to be loved.

Eventually I had to take down the Christmas decorations which leaves me with what I have today. 

I seldom have the heart to put away this pine cone tree.  The texture and colors just make me too happy.  I also really like this tree made from bent copper tubing - been thinking of making some more of these for years....

Of course there must always be birds.....I love the contrast between the textures - smooth and polished and rugged and rusted.

Aren't these pine cones fascinating?  At least I think they are pine cones - they came off of a HUGE pine tree on the side of the road just south of the Golden Gate bridge.  I had never seen anything like them.  They reminded me of jingle bells.  I will make something with them someday...

There's just no point in not throwing in a bit of wrought iron.  I got these in an antique store in San Jose.

And corbels - I have a few of those.  I'm lucky that way.

Stay tuned.... I'm going to finish this whole mantel thing someday.
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Make something wonderful today!


Linking to Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed


Monica said...

I am a new GFC follower. I found you on a grow your blog hop. I would love for you to stop by my site and follow me as well. Also check out our giveaway for a $170 Technogel Pillow if you are interested. Thanks

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Thanks Monica. I've got your back on GFC. I also entered the pillow giveaway - we'll talk when I win!!

WhyCuzICan said...

Very lovely pieces you have for your mantle in your home. Very sweet indeed :)

Thanks for sharing with us :D

Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's linky party tonight,
Suzanne in NW Illinois

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Thanks for stopping by Suzanne!

Unknown said...

How beautiful.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Thanks so much. I'm crazy about that recycled wood table on your blog too!

Rosie Goins said...

Love you mantle; all the texture and layers.

Please visit me at Dogs and Grandkids. I am having a Folk Magazine giveaway.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Thanks Rosie. I did visit your blog. I love your page header! Did you design that yourself or did you have it done?


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