Changing Our Great Room Fireplace Mantel: Day Two

For Mother’s and Father’s Days, I made the great room mantel more personal…reflecting the people in our family.  Purposely, I displayed photos of mothers with daughters especially for Mother’s Day.

changing the look of a fireplace mantle

I brought out a cherished picture of my mom that I really need to save and preserve better than I have it now (or else I will lose it).  It’s such a small but lovely photo of her that I wanted to give it more prominence so I placed it inside a small vase with a dried hydrangea.  I added two of her favorite books as well.  I miss her so much.

antique photo in a bottle

I miss my mom, so much


Pictures of mothers and daughters on a fireplace mantle

My daughter with her daughter, right, and my stepdaughter, left


My granddaughter (at 4) and myself, left; my youngest daughter and her daughter, right

My granddaughter (at 4) and myself, left; my youngest daughter and her daughter, right

family photos on a fireplace mantle

My husband and I on our wedding day, left; my youngest daughter and I on my 40th birthday

I hope you enjoy the changes I made to the mantel!  Perhaps it might be a bit on the cluttered side – but that’s family life too, right?  A little cluttered and crowded…but you love it just the same!

antiqued mantle with cherished family photos

Please check out how my great room and mantel looked prior to this change, here

If you would like to read the tutorial on how I antiqued and gilded the mantel, click here.


Sharing this project also with…Miss Mustard Seed



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