Sooo...I'm having mantle problems. No, not MENTAL PROBLEMS (although I probably have those too :D). I don't get fixated on design problems very often. I consider myself a creative problem solver and I actually enjoy working with what I have, rather than grumbling about what I need.
But geez lou-eeez...my mantle makes me a hot little potato. It is *maybe* 4 inches deep. What MAN (sorry men, but I am totally pinning this on you) designed this??? Forget about setting Christmas garlands, chunky vases, or anything that is not skinny on it. And there are no electric plugs up there to boot. Which would be understandable in an old house, but a new house? Ugh.
So I am going to have to get over my disproportionately strong anger over this and get creative.
The problem is...
1. Poured concrete that looks like stone, so adding a wood shelf to the top won't do.
2. It is brand new house and I think anything that drastic would freak the hubby out.
If this was our forever home, I would totally do it.
We built a little house years ago. It was our first home...before babies, when we were so fresh and unknowing. But even then I KNEW that the mantle had to be deeper!!
Wow...seeing this photo makes me sad because it seems like yesterday! Anyways, I was able to pay the wood working guy an extra $50 to cut me an extra deep wood mantle shelf to add to the existing builder grade one. And I remember paying $25 for every extra outlet plug I wanted in the house. I of course added one to the mantle. I hope whoever lives there now appreciates my forethought. :)
In other news...here's a vignette featuring my broken shabby chippy old hen. Her bottom shattered, but I couldn't bare to throw her away. So I placed her in a pile of straw in a nesting box. It looks meant to be!
And on the other side of the console table...this.
Over the next two weeks I'm going to be parting with some of my most FAVORITIST things!
I got this chair and big old floral canister with jadeite green trim, (with handles and a lock?) the other day. I want to keep that bin so BADLY! Should I keep it? Huh? Tell me I should. Ok...you twisted my arm. I'll keep it for awhile.
Maybe just maybe I have that special little vintage item you have been hunting for???
After doing some "hunter-gathering" around town, and cleaning out some of my own treasures, I have found lots of chippy painted goodies and old shabby things to say goodbye to this week! I thought I'd give ya'll a little pictorial inventory of the loot.
Also, I am thinning out some of my collections because Round top Antique Show is in a couple of weeks. Woo-hoo! And lord knows I won't come home empty handed.
I have little office/inventory room in my house, it is "Farmhouse Porch Central" and where I store all of my inventory for my etsy shop... and honey...it is bursting at the seams!
|Don't look too hard at the chair with the burlap loosley covering the seat . Let's just say...it's a work in progress.|
So...if you buy more than one item, and I can put them in the same box, I'm happy to combine shipping! Also, never hesitate to let me know if you are looking for something in particular. I just may have it!
But even if you don't see anything you just have to have ...
I thank you kindly for stopping by for a look!