Beach to Fall Themed Mantel

My mantel has been sporting a beach theme since we got back from the beach on July 4.  Two and a half months of a beach look is enough.  Fall is nearly here and it’s time for a change.

The beach look:


I started with some new artwork for over the fireplace.  The fabric that I used is vintage Waverly from the late 70’s.  The pattern is Old Sturbridge Village.  The former owner of our house made curtains for many of the windows using this fabric.  I didn’t like the curtains back in 1993 when I took them down, but I liked the fabric and washed and saved some of it “just in case.”

I bought three art canvas at Michael’s and stapled the fabric to each canvas.  Mr. SP attached a saw tooth hanger to the back of each frame and I hung them using 3M hangers.  I love that these can be easily removed without damaging your wall or paint.  I should have let Mr. SP do all of the hanging because I attached two of the hangers in the wrong place and had to start all over.  Luckily they come with two strips.


Here’s the Fall look:


I distressed my two white candlestick holders with some sandpaper to make them look old and worn.

When I bought them:


Painted for Summer:

And now distressed for Fall:

The gourds in the hurricanes and in the center container are leftovers from previous fall seasons.  I never throw out my gourds unless they rot.  They dry beautifully.  I’ll do a how-to post on this soon.




Getting a small start on fall decorating makes me feel good.  I hope to get a bit more done this week.  Work just gets in the way of fun stuff like decorating.

I put the Osage Oranges in a wooden bowl on my dining room table.  I love their brain-like shape.




I’m linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday at Susan’s blog, Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to visit Susan’s blog for a lot of creative inspiration.

Happy Fall!


  1. Love the new look for fall.

    The osage oranges are what I call hedgeapples. They are great to put in the basement rafters to repel spiders.

  2. I LOVE the mantel makeover! The covered canvas is a SMART DIY project for a budget minded gal like me! Would work for any space for ‘art’. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Paula. How pretty is your mantle! I love all of your touches and when you get tired of that yellow bowl – call me! 😉
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia 😉

  4. I love your fall mantle and especially your “new” artwork. You are so creative and talented. We have those osage oranges around here but I never knew what they were called. Thanks!

  5. I absolutely LOVE your fall mantelscape. It is just beautiful.
    When I was a little girl, we had a tree in our front yard that produced these brain-like, green balls…we called them horse apples. Now I want some to decorate with!!

  6. I love those “oranges”. I have never seen them before. What kind of tree do they grow on? Do they rot? Love the peacock pictures over the mantel.

  7. I love the material you used for your fall look. Never thought about doing that. Do you do the same for Christmas? The fireplace looks all warm and cozy now 🙂

  8. So pretty and perfect for fall. Makes me want to bake a pumpkin pie and rake some leaves just looking at it!

  9. I love the mix of the fabric on the canvases with your window treatments….this was such a good idea with a lot impact for not a lot of money! I love the osage oranges..I am not familiar with them. Great job!

  10. Hiya Paula! Love the new Fall look – just love it! And thanks for educating me on those Osage Oranges. Now I don’t have to call them “green thingies” anymore!!

  11. This looks wonderful! I especially like what you did with the canvases….those turned out great! The ideas are turning for other holidays as well. Great ideas.

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