Fall mantel {decorated with reclaimed pallet wood}

I am so excited to FINALLY share my fall mantel with you!

Fall mantel

For some reason this was the hardest mantel for me to put together.  In fact what you are seeing is take 4 or 5 (I lost count!).  I think I was trying to force myself not use orange at the beginning, then I was doing all darker neutrals, then I was trying too hard!  But I finally changed some things up and stepped back and it was FINALLY perfect!

Fall mantel

Myra at My Blessed Life posted her fall mantel a week or so ago and I LOVED the extra touches she put into the whole mantel display.    (Please click here to visit her blog if you wish to pin her mantel.)

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So I was super inspired and decided to try something different this year by decorating the entire mantel – in front of the fireplace and on the floor too! And I LOVE it! The floor part was easy, it was the mantel that was giving me a hard time.

And once again, I strive to decorate my mantel with things I already have on hand, pulling things from all around the house, and not buying anything or much of anything.

The only things I bought specifically for this mantel were the mums and the pumpkins (secret: I used these same white pumpkins on my fall table which is dismantled for now, and the big pumpkin was on my fall front porch – need to pick up 1 more pumpkin.)

Fall mantel

The window is from my stash and I like the backdrop that it gives to this display.  The little white bench was something I picked up for free at an estate sale.  It was hidden in a back shed and was very rough looking so they just gave it to me.  I painted it white and I am going to enjoy using it in front of my fireplace.  The pumpkins in the tin bucket (yard sale find) are faux but the white one is real.    Lantern from Ikea a few years ago and the rusted weathervane was a flea market find.

Fall mantel

I always have these baskets on my hearth to hold magazines, and they fit the the fall colors/theme, so I just left them.  A friend gave me the shutter and I painted it white, the stool was a Goodwill find, and the wreath I found this weekend at a yard sale and added some fall leaves from my stash to it.

Fall mantel with pallet wood

I wanted to base this entire mantel on a reclaimed wood piece from an old pallet!  It didn’t turn out exactly like I imagined but I LOVE it anyways!  I might post a tutorial on it later but basically I ripped apart an old pallet and built a barn door type piece (the cross slats are on the back – I liked this side better for this display.)

Fall mantel

I made the FALL bunting/banner from burlap, stencils, and some brown paint (tutorial here from last years smaller “Fall” bunting).  Candlestick – recent yard sale find, decorative plate – bought last year, mirrored window – yard sale find, wreath – I made, “Count your Blessings” sign – from Target dollar spot, white pitcher – secondhand gift from a friend, faux wheat stems – Wal-mart, owl –  Kohl’s $2 purchase, mums – bought at Wal-mart.

Fall mantel

I love how it finally came together!  And I am glad I don’t have to do another mantel for until Christmas cause this one was a lot of work! Winking smile

Fall mantel

A vintage, natural, collected mantel!  Perfect for fall!

Fall mantel

Have you decorated your mantel for fall?  Would love to see it!  If you want to see some other gorgeous mantels, check out the Fall mantel party at Centsational Girl.  I am headed over to link mine up.

I am almost done with my fall decorating – finishing up a wreath today that I hope to share tomorrow.

Linking up to: Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasure party

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  1. It looks GORGEOUS Christina!!! I love every last detail!! Makes me wish I had a real fireplace mantel to decorate!! So jealous!!
    Tonya @ Love of Family & Home recently posted..Teal (Aqua) & Yellow Fall MantelMy Profile

  2. It turned out beautifully!

  3. Wow. I LOVE it. That pallet really just makes it special. You’re making me miss my real fireplace. {sniff:sniff} =) All the decorating on the floor is very beautiful too, I don’t think I would have thought of that. But actually, my floors are decorated too, just with legos and such, LOL.
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  4. It looks so pretty! I love the idea of decorating down below as well. I may do that today. 🙂
    Debra recently posted..Pumpkin Love….My Profile

  5. Magazine worthy! I love all the little details you put in there. It’s beautiful.
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  6. Love the pallet so much! And the owl is too cute!!!
    Renee@ Living Laughing & Loving recently posted..Menu Monday!My Profile

  7. LOVE this – the pallet is so cool, and the fall wreaths. Great inspiration too.
    Liz@Craftbaby recently posted..This is The House – Jersey ShoreMy Profile

  8. Okay, Christina, BHG better call you up cuz this is beautiful. I love it! Inspiration!!!! Way to go. love the throw you mixed in at the bottom. it just cozies it up. so perfect!!
    Christa @ BrownSugarToast recently posted..Well, Isn’t That Special…My Profile

  9. Visiting over from centsational girl, LOVE your fall mantle. And I love all the extra details you added. I love the layering with the pallet wood and mirror, and especially like all the little pieces you added to make it feel extra cozy for fall! Great job! ~Bre

  10. Wow! I Love it. You did such a great job, you really have a knack for it.

  11. Love the whole mantel, and especially all of the items in front, the layering is so great. Thanks for sharing!

  12. This is just right. I tried the all white thing too, and somehow it just doesn’t seem right without orange in the fall.

  13. Gorgeous! I love all the little vignettes that you have created. They are beautiful on their own but work together so cohesively. You’ve given me a lot of ideas for next time!
    Claire recently posted..My Fall Mantel: Pumpkin EditionMy Profile

  14. Wow.. your mantel is gorgeous! So inspiring!! I need to step mine up this year haha.
    Kathy C. recently posted..Marriage & Motherhood MondayMy Profile

  15. i looove that you decorated the whole space, and i loved myra’s too. that blanket of yours, and those texturey baskets….fall perfection!
    the cape on the corner recently posted..The basement that shall not be namedMy Profile

  16. Thanks for this post! I am working on a Fall window for a floral shop and had NO idea what to do but this is inspiring some ideas! Thanks!

  17. You’re right, it is perfect. I love the attention to detail.
    Karen recently posted..K.I.S.S. Side TableMy Profile

  18. This is very pretty. The mantel, wreath and all of your creations.
    Danice recently posted..A bit of nostalgiaMy Profile

  19. What a beautiful mantel! So glad you shared it at the party. You’re a really talented decorator. I’ve been enjoying all your posts 🙂

  20. Christina,
    Your mantle this year turned out fabulous, I love the wood plank board you have as your focal point. All the time you spent trying to make it just right, was definitely time well spent, it’s Gorgeous, just like your mantle last year!!! 🙂 I have been the same way about using “orange” I just remodeled my living room and it’s mint, cream and pink so bringing in orange and true fall colors will make the whole room clash. I’m trying to go with more neutral colors….it’s been a challenge!! Where did you get the bench and baskets you have in front of the mantle (I noticed the wicker baskets in your mantle last year) LOVE them!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica recently posted..Fall Mantle InspirationsMy Profile

  21. Hi! I’m visiting from The Inspired Room. This is gorgeous! All the rustic elements make it feel warm and homey. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.
    ToTheMoonandBack recently posted..{Fall Around The House}My Profile

  22. Everything is so, so pretty! I am glad I found your channel. Thanks, Shelly

  23. I am in love with your display. I am no kicking myself for not grabbing the old pallet I saw on the side of the road last week.
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted..Salted Caramel Mocha TrufflesMy Profile


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