The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

My mantel and I have agreed to a cease-fire.

I haven’t been too quiet about how much I dislike my mantel.  It’s a challenge… all asymmetrical and weird and I am never sure what to do with it.  I got a lot of suggestions to just put something giant up there to create more of a focal point.

I think I found it.

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I went to my local Habitat Restore and found this pair of humongo shutters for $5.

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(I would have paid $10 if they had cleaned off the cobwebs and Daddy Long Leg carcasses for me.)

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I primed it with a gray primer and then lightly sprayed with Krylon Brushed Metallic paint in Satin Nickel.  It has a little bit of sheen to it, but not too much.

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I’m certainly not done with the mantel, but this big shutter is a start.

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25 Comments

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Joni Nickrent said...

September 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Love the idea of the shutters for the focal point...looking good! POP ART MINIS
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Kerry Rossow said...

September 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm
I love The Restore! Sadly, it has become our "go-to" for girls day out!
This looks great!
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com
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Kerry Rossow said...

September 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm
I love The Restore! Sadly, it has become our "go-to" for girls day out!
This looks great!
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com
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Kelli said...

September 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm
I know you don't love your mantel but you sure do work with it well :)
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Impulsive Addict said...

September 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm
I'm with Kelli. We know your dislike for it but everytime I see it, it looks fabulous so at least you know how to work with it. =)
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Surrounded-By-Boys said...

September 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm
I love it! Very "fall" ish !!!
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Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

September 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm
It looks much better Viv!!
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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

September 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Love the shutter! Are you able to paint the wood on your fireplace white? Did I already ask you that at some point! :)
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~ Laura said...

September 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm
I have to say your problem wood wall does provide the opportunity for us all to see how you work within limitations and still make it look really fantastic...every time!! :)

I love the shutters a lot!! What a super idea!! Just as with the chameleon chandelier, I can't wait to see how this piece gets changed up for different seasons!! :)

Just so you know, every time I go thrifting I look for a chandelier like yours!! I absolutely adore what you do with yours!!! :):):)
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MiMi said...

September 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Ooooh!! I love humongo. Awesome.
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Myya said...

September 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm
That adds a great touch to your mantle! I'm so exited to see you happy with your nemesis :)
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The Pennington Point said...

September 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Those are perfect! They really make a huge difference. They brighten it up and add balance. Great start! Lisa~
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Debra from Bungalow said...

September 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Lookin good. The shutters are great!
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Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

September 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm
I know you aren't a big fan of your mantle, but you always find a way to make it look amazing! I really love the shutters!
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Jennifer Leible said...

September 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm
I love the shutters! I'm so jealous! They look great up there! I keep meaning to go to our local Habitat store but it has weird hours and it's tough. :/
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Lisa @ Life is Crazy Beautiful said...

September 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm
Love it! Have a hard time finding old shutters around here, I've looked...a lot. I adore those Krylon Satin Metallic paints, have used them for several things. I don't have an asymmetrical mantle, but the fireplace does sit off center in my room with a similar slant in vaulted ceiling. I hung a huge mirror (gifted to me when my parents moved) and sometimes find ways to hang other things in front of it (not easy because the frame is so deep). Anyway, very nice :)
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Richella said...

September 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm
The shutters look great! And a cease-fire sounds like a very good idea. :)
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Connie said...

September 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm
I like it!!
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Shawn said...

September 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm
I love the new look, but then I've never had an issue with it like you have.

I think I would have paid a lot more for those to have not only been cleaned but painted too!
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cornerofmain.com said...

September 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm
I like the asymmetrical wall; great work with the shutters!
Visiting from The Lettered Cottage,
~Kelly @ Corner of Main
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Debra said...

September 29, 2011 at 12:52 am
Looks good! Those shutters were quite the find. The mantel is the perfect place for them.
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Hilary Lane said...

September 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm
I like it! It isn't crazy busy. Simple & clean. :-)
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Meredith from A Mother Seeking said...

September 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm
Love what you did! Shutters make a great statement. Very homey!
~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...
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Rachel Sue said...

October 13, 2011 at 3:06 am
Super cute! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!
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Blockout Blinds said...

October 31, 2011 at 3:18 am
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