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Crafty, Scrappy, Happy: I did something kind of crazy.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I did something kind of crazy.

Hello friends!  Happy Happy Monday!
I am excited and a little nervous to show you what I did this past week....
You MIGHT think I am CRAZY!

Do you remember its sweet vintage beach-y cottage decor?
Well I know that you may have seen the new looks my mantle got for the fall...

I made a change once again.
I have NOT yet worked on decorating my mantle for the winter holiday...
That will be happening SOON...
but until then I made a kind of big change to my little FA-NTLE.

I gave it a paint job.
Graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was my friend this week!!!

I think the dark made a huge HUGE change to the look.
My tastes are ALWAYS changing but I think I am really kind of becoming a little crazy about the simple sleek look of the dark look.
My eyes go straight to the mantle----where as before the mantle was just one of many things in the little living room space.  And that my friends is just what I was trying to accomplish!

Alright----I am ready.... lets get some feedback from you!
What do you think?
White is right or bold and black?!

Regardless----I do have to admit that it is fun having a fake mantle because it means I get to make crazy changes AS OFTEN AS I WANT.....
I mean who knows maybe it will be another crazy color a month from now!

{I am linking up at some of these amazing parties}


Blogger Unknown said...

It'll be GORGEOUS with the holiday decor! Very bold and adorable!!!


Pamela @

November 21, 2011 at 4:56 AM  
Blogger Art Is Beauty said...

I LOVE it!!!! It really does draw your eye right to it now!! You did a great job and it actually looks like a real fireplace. :)
Have a BEAUTIFUL day.

November 21, 2011 at 4:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I know this might shock you coming from a self proclaimed color crazy, but I think I like the white better. Don't get me wrong, the black is divine too. I just really loved it when you had the beachy theme. But then again, you haven't decorated for the holidays. It will look amazing on that backdrop. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2011 at 5:03 AM  
Blogger Three Sisterz said...

I can't decide! They are both really beautiful! I wish you could come help me with my mantle!


November 21, 2011 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

I can't decide, either! I really like them both.
I can't wait to see how you decorate it for Christmas.

November 21, 2011 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

aw :( i liked it better before...i had it saved in my favorites...its still pretty though...i just am loving white right now..

ashley @creating love & joy

November 21, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Two Shades of Pink said...

I am all for going a little crazy! And what a fabulous job you did!! I am kind of leaning towards the white more because I love the crisp and bright feel of it but I have no doubt that this will look STUNNING for the Christmas season! And like you, I go from these dark to light tastes but I always end up going towards white in the long run. But truly...I can already tell that everything you touch turns to all kinds of PRETTY! :)

November 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger kristincita said...

The jury is still out on this one. Your feathers are lost with the dark background. It might really pop in the room and maybe with some light colored accents but it's not really be showcased yet. Did you leave the vinyl on when you painted so you could peel it off and reveal a crisp cream/ white statement?

November 21, 2011 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Love love love that look!

November 21, 2011 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

This is hard Jaime! I like them both. They have two completely different looks! I think you can go either way, just depends on how you dress it up. :) Beautiful job friend!

November 21, 2011 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Darby Hawley said...

Every time you redo your mantle I fall in love with it all over again lol. I really love the black, it works so well with the holidays, and that wreath and the mirror....oh goodness, it's simply fantastic!

November 21, 2011 at 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

LOVE the black! It's gorgeous and makes a statement.

November 21, 2011 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Shannon Fox said...

Since ya asked =) The white looked chippy, shabby and aged. It had more character. The dark isn't bad, it just looks a little flat. Maybe condsider a very light dry brush effect to add some depth and a more distressed feel? I'm sure once you get your holiday decor it will liven it up some too! Plus, we can't see the whole room and I know in person is probably a lot different =)

November 21, 2011 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Love Sweet Love said...

It looks absolutely STUN.NING. in the black, which I think is exactly what you want for the holidays!! My mouth literally dropped open when I saw it, you are so brave! Gorgeous! That being said, I think I do prefer it white tho cause I loved your beachy themed, chippy, aged look! :) But girl it is YOUR mantel and you paint it whatever you like and be proud of it cause you're awesome!!!

November 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger I am LOVD said...

I admire your "no guts, no glory" approach. I tend to get attached to looking at the same style forever, so good for you. I'm thinking I'm agreeing with Shannon@FoxHollowCottage. Her comments are reflective of my initial thoughts and I agree that I can't see the whole room in view to make a concrete statement of the whole thing. I will say, it certainly does pop if that's to be the focal point of the room!

November 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Lolly Jane said...

jaim! i had to read the comments as soon as i saw the post..i knew there would be feedback! it seems as though the majority agrees with white. black is nice too but i loved the character of the chippy white! of course you can pull off both ;)


November 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

I love it. You did such a great job. The darker color just really looks great so that is 100% my vote. I can't wait to see it all dressed up for Christmas!

November 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Craftcherry said...

I like it both ways, but I love how the black makes it pop! Looks fantastic!

November 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

It is gorgeous!! Bold and black is wonderful. The winter decorations will surely pop up against the black. I wish I could get Annie Sloan's paint in our area.


November 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The black definitely makes it stand out as a focal point. I have to tell you that I just love the fact that you are not afraid to change it up. I too am always repainting, rearranging, rethinking everything and it's nice to know I'm not the only one. I can imagine some light & bright accessories to really stand out against the black. You go girl!


November 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

love it!!!!!

November 22, 2011 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger Andrea @Oasis Accents said...

As soon as I saw the change, OOOOHHHH!! LOVE it!! It looks awesome and Commands attention. Bold. Graphic. Sophisticated. Looks great with the silver vases(?) and pheasant feathers. Outstanding {round of golf clapping} =)

November 22, 2011 at 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Brittany said...

Looks great!!! I like the boldness of the black and the simple decorations. Too much just creates clutter.

November 22, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Linda :) said...

looks good but I liked the white better. But cottage is more my style!

:) Linda

November 22, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

You are going black and I am going white. I just sold all of my black furniture. I can't wait to see your room all done!

November 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Hmm... I totally fell in love with the white chippy and still have a fondness for it. But once your Christmas decor is up, it may be just perfect with the black. I applaud your bravery in changing it up! This coming from a girl who has never changed her mantel color :)

November 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Bestie, You have been busy!!! I think it looks GREAT!!! I love how everything on your mantle totally pops!!! I'm excited to see Christmas at Crafty Scrappy Happy!!! Your ideas always inspire!!!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

November 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

You are a girl after my own heart. My gosh just paint it. I think you will enjoy it, you are a girl who likes change so go for it. I can see just perfect for the holidays,
Thanks for sharing. Kathy

November 23, 2011 at 3:35 AM  
Blogger Tabitha@InspiredByGiving said...

I love your new mantle! It looks so pretty, and can always change it! I can't wait to see it with stockings lights and Christmas decor!! You are so good at stuff like this!

November 23, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Boden said...

Wow, that's a bold move! With everyone painting everything white, or grey, or cream, you took a GIANT leap to this gorgeous slate color and you may now do the happy dance! Your fantle looks AMAZING!! I'd be thrilled if you came and linked up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


November 26, 2011 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I do believe I like it!! And I can't wait to see it dressed up for Christmas!!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share girl!

November 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

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