This was one of those crazy weekends where we did a lot of little chores but it doesn’t feel like we really accomplished anything!  I did spend a few minutes playing with my living room mantel, though, and thought I’d share with you an update as to how it’s coming along.  Last week, I did a post about Decorating with Touches of Gold.  The use of gold metallics was on my mind because I am using gold on my living room mantel.



I’ve layered three gold frames together, the largest being a frame that I found at the antique faire that I turned into a chalkboard.  Here’s what it looked like as I was loading it into my car!



As you can see, I left the frame alone but replaced the matting and painting with a chalkboard that I made.



I also updated the look of my wedding frame so that it better complemented the frame of the chalkboard.  It originally had a very bright gold frame that didn’t contain any detail.



A little stain and a few wood accents from Home Depot and it now looks like this.



I also found the cutest antique oval frame at a local store and I love how it looks added to the mix, especially with the contrast of the boxwood wreath that hangs from it.



On the right side of the mantel, I’ve added some books, some more boxwood, a vase, and one of my favorite trophies.



It’s the patina that makes me love this beauty so much!



I’m sure I’m going to change this mantel a bit in the coming days, but for now, I like how the layers and textures are coming together.  Granted, it looks like of lot of gold just from these photos, but it will be balanced out and offset by the rest of the room.  {Once the rest of the room is done, that is!}  :)



And for those of you that didn’t see my Facebook post from yesterday, my two chairs were delivered last week!  Here’s a sneak peek! Chair-Sneak-Peek



Have a wonderful week!

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  1. Oh Kim, the mantle is lovely but that wedding photo is just gorgeous! Love it!! And the trophy is just to die for!! Great one! Blessings, Cind

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Cindy! That’s one of my favorite wedding photos. And I should have mentioned in the post that the trophy is from Antique Farmhouse!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Kris – Thank you! I’m a little obsessed with the chair, too…. :)

  2. Not only did you layer lovely things, but lovely patinas and shapes. Just stunning. LOVE your wedding photo, beautiful bride!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Yvonne – Thank you *so* much!! :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Martina!

  3. I absolutely love the frame! I’m glad gold is making a comeback, from jewelry and fashion to home decor. I love layering, too…my mantel and shelves, even on flat surfaces, objects on top of books or in trays. I can’t wait to see your chairs! I just found a Louis XVI…yours looks like one with arms if I’m right.


    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Jane – Thank you! And yes, my chair has arms. :)

  4. Kim,
    I love the layering of all your gold frames on the mantel. The chalk board and frames look awesome. I love that trophy cup that is too gorgeous. Very nice vignette. Love all of it. Excited to have everyone see your feature on Spotlight this Saturday. Wooo hooo I cannot wait to post it.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Kris!! I originally wasn’t going to share these photos because taken out of the context, the mantel appears to have a different look and feel than what it actually has when you see it in the room. Hopefully, I’ll have the rest of the room done soon so that I can photograph everything! And I’m super excited about Saturday, too! ;) Kim

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