My Summer Mantel

I love my fireplace mantel.  It is one of my favorite parts in my little house.  I love changing it up every season as well. 
I wasn’t even unpacked from my trip when the makeover began….my original vision changed once I got going on it.  That happens to me all the time! 
I decided upon a patriotic/nautical theme. 
I made use of a scrapy wood flag I made last summer - click HERE to see that old post (excuse the living room – it is an old pic and everything is different now!). 
I took that same flag which looked like this:
and recreated it to look like this:
I used stain to give it an antique, rustic look.
I am so pleased with how it came out that I decided
 to use it to anchor my mantel decor.
What do you think?
Some cool old boxes including my latest find for $3!
I made this nautical bunting for the occasion.
Some patriotic and nautical decor – I created the
rope jar just for the mantel.
I had the little red lantern for as long
as I can remember.
Did you notice my new boat?
I picked this up for $2 on Friday at a yard sale – SCORE!
It fits so perfectly!
How about these cute Ball jars? 
Also a yard sale find from the weekend!
I filled the jars with fresh picked flowers from the road side – my favorite kind!
Here is my homemade pennant flag banner.
I painted the tips navy blue. This banner was plan B.  My first banner didn’t happen as my local Walmart didn’t have what I needed. 
I am so happy I added the stain.  It looks much more rich and rustic and toned down the red nicely.  See how it got into the nooks and crannies in the wood?
That is fabulous!
I used my burlap wreath on my mantel as well.
Wanna know how to make one for yourself?
Click HERE to find out how to make one for yourself.
It is easy peasy.
A close up of the wreath’s scrumptuous texture.
Burlap is so versatile.
A little tin I painted and added a number to – it used to be a Rolling Rock bucket which I found at a yard sale for a buck.
The basket was also a find – I filled it with white an blue pillows.
I think the new look fits my home well.
I can’t stop looking at the flag and admiring how
much I love its new look.
Summer is here.
I am diving in!
And don’t forget to stop back tomorrow as the Creative Inspirations Linky Party #19 Features will be posted!  You won’t want to miss all the amazing creations!
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  1. I love your festive mantel decorations – it looks beautiful. My favorite part is the flag!

  2. I love your mantel Stacey! You are so talented! I really love your flag. It looks like it was bought at a store, not painted.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Staining your flag was a great idea. The mantel looks terrific.

  4. Ready for the 4th of July now! Looks great!

  5. I love how your mantel turned out, so festive and fun!

  6. I salute your mantel!


  7. I LOVE this mantel! How festive & beautiful! Great job friend!

  8. The first thing I noticed was that you used your new box! It looks lovely!

  9. Hi Stacey, love your mantle and the decorations, the flag is so cool! I have to make one of those babies! Great new rodlike picture as well!

  10. Your mantle looks beautiful and ready for the upcoming celebration! I just found you @ Keeping It Simple. I would love to have you stop by when you have a minute. Blessings ~ Judy

  11. Lovely summer mantle! I have that ship on our mantle, too! My husband collects them…he is also a pastor?

  12. It looks lovely Stacey! You did an amazing job! I am sure that your husband will arrive home safely! Have a lovely week and hope to see your at your party tomorrow! Angie xo

  13. I totally love it! Love that burlap banner, the wreath, the ship…oh I just love it all! Nice job!

  14. Love it! LOoks great!

  15. I love it! You have so many of my favorite things all in one place :)

  16. What a lovely summer display!

  17. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I featured you in my Fourth of July Round up. Stop by and check it out and snag a featured button.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  18. Absolutely love this mantel! It makes me want to get cozy up by the fireplace–not an actual fire, because in this heat I would die :)–great job! I especially love how you used your wreath in a non-traditional spot and it totally works!

  19. I love your flag and mantel. Is there some way I could “pin” this for future reference?

  20. What kind of stain did you use on your flag? I love the way it makes it look old.

  21. Stacey, your mantel says summertime. I have enjoyed reading your blog, especially that you shared your faith. You have some great ideas!

  22. Your summer mantel looks great. I’m glad you antiqued the flag. It really grounds your entire vignette.

  23. Love your flag and the whole mantel vingette!

  24. Love your flag and the whole mantel vingette!

  25. So many awesome accents! I love it! Perfect for all summer long! :)

  26. Love it! Wish I had a Mantel! :)

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