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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Linking to Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed