Monday, April 2, 2012

shabby garden fireplace mantel…

sunday, my husband found time to make a fireplace mantel for my garden.   I have a large vine (chocolate vine) growing on the fence and tucked the mantel into it.  I love how it turned out, and cannot wait for the roses (next to it) to start blooming.

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the oval mirror was found at a local antique store and I dry brushed some white paint on it.

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this mantel went together in just an hour.  he used 5 cedar boards-($33) and two porch posts-($30) to make it.  I’ve had the applique for awhile and don’t remember what it cost.

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the chair started out tike this.

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      more white paint and a cute rose applique and it looks like this now.    the ruffled seat cover,  I made  from a pink sheet.

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I added the enamel number to the tin and added the tulips.

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here’s a close up of the applique  on the chair.  you can find it here.
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66 comments:

  1. The mantle looks beautiful, what a great idea for the garden, I love what you did with the chair also. It's all just gorgeous.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous!! So creative and it adds such a beautiful spot to your lovely garden. Thank you for sharing xo

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  3. This is just so great Lynn...love the look of your 'outdoor fireplace' with the vines, mirror and chair...so cozy!!!! :o)
    Terry

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  4. Your mantel in the garden is so cool! I have an old door in my garden and for a potting bench I have a mini roll top desk! I love using household furniture outside :)

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  5. I love this original design for your fireplace outside. What a great idea, it looks so inviting. Would love if you would share it on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everyone will be so inspired.

    Jody

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  6. Oh my goodness--you know how some posts just totally inspire you? Well this one did that for me! I pinned it because I want to be able to come back to it over and over again. I love the mantle and cannot believe how you were able to put it together for so little money. I love the mirror and the candlesticks--the chair is perfect. This whole set up is just simply perfection! Thank you for sharing it. Posts like this make blogging so fun!

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  7. I would like to make one of those fireplaces for INSIDE!!!! It looks lovely! I can hardly wait to see it with the roses in bloom. You have such imagination. Mmmmmm.

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  8. Your husband is incredibly talented! And your mantle is incredibly gorgeous!!

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  9. You are lucky to have such a luscious yard.Love that mantle.And that cover for your chair is so pretty.Your mirror adds the perfect touch.Even the number on your planter.All so lovely.
    Anne

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  10. soooooo pretty - i'm smitten! mmmmm good! happily just linked up as your newest linky follower! xo

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  11. So beautiful! The mantel is amazing! Please post a picture after your roses bloom, I'd love to see it!

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  12. A very beautiful garden, indeed. We get way too much rain here for much of anything like that, plus my DH and I are NOT very good at gardening. That is why we are attracted to the ornaments instead. I am going to Pin some of your beautiful photos, thank you for your permission.

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  13. You and your handy hubby make such a good team - love your outdoor vignette !

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  14. This mantel in the garden is sooo romantic. Coming over from the Bunny Hop. I'm now following your lovely blog on GFC. If you get a chance, stop by and visit me. Hugs, Kim

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  15. Gorgeous! I absolutely love this! I want to add some more "shabby" elements to my gardens this year and this is so perfect. Love all of the details you added.

    ~Shanon

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  16. Ditto what Fiona said. You work so quickly, too! I love the idea of the outside mantel - I was wondering if you had a fire feature near it...
    Love stopping by your blog, Lynn.
    -Revi

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  17. Love love LOVE this!

    You have the best hubs! He did a fabulous job!

    And your painting, and the chair, bucket, tulips - very very well done, indeed!

    Enjoy! Can't wait to see pic of the roses when they bloom, it is going to be something else!!

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  18. Oh, this is fabulous!! I love outdoor rooms. Your husband built a beautiful mantel!
    Mary Alice

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  19. Love the outdoor room. Love that mantel, such a wonderful idea. You did such a great job decorating and putting all this together. I just love it. I'm putting together an outside room on my back porch where we sit a lot with my parents. It's a wonderful area but I've never thought about a mantel...hmmmm....you have me thinking. Love this idea. Loved your little chair and the chair cover. So sweet.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  20. Just found your blog via white wednesday! Love it! I am seriously in love with your mantle! It looks so darling out in your garden. The chair & cover are totally adorable too :)
    xoxo,
    Shellagh

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  21. I can't even tell you how much I love that! Will you leave it all out during any kind of weather? Just wondering how it will hold up .. although it would even be great if it got shabbier. I think I'd sit there all the time!

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  22. I love your pieces of furniture that you do. What is the best type of paint to use for outdoor pieces especially when they are going to be distressed a little? For instance satin or semi gloss and then after they are distressed some is it wise to put a spray to protect the finish?

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  23. hi anonymous,
    i use 2-3 coats of lowes valspar exterior satin finish paint on these projects. and i don't use a protective sealer, because i really like the chippy, distressed look. but, if you do like the cleaner look, a brush on sealer would hold up better than the spray on sealer.

    and cedar and treated woods hold the paint longer, for me, than the pine boards. hope that helps:)

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    1. Thank you so much!!!! Do you find that you have to prime your pieces first? My husband has this thing about priming everything first and what is the best grade of sand paper to use for distressing. (guess I mean no. like 180, 120 ex.) Terri

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    2. terri, you should prime first, if you’d like it to not distress and chip as fast. the primer holds the paint to the wood. lots of people prime first. I don’t cuz I love the distressed look:) I use the 200’s grit paper, if you go much lower, you will get scratch lines in the finish.

      have a great easter,
      lynn

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    3. Thank you so much!!! Have a Blessed Easter!

      Terri

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  24. Super gorgeous. I really love the oval mirror. Have a Happy Easter!

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  25. Hi Lynn! I can't imagine having something so gorgeous OUTSIDE!! Fantastic! You have one handy hubby! I love every single thing about it.

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  26. Be still my heart! WOW! I am in love with your fireplace setting in the yard! I would have never thought of doing that! Beautifully done! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  27. What a great idea, and your husband did a great job putting it all together. I was wondering how you would keep it protected from rain and such, and then read that he used cedar and outdoor posts -a great idea. Your garden area looks so pretty. It must be nice to sit out there and enjoy it.

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  28. You are SO creative, Lynn... I would never conceive this, you did and then YOU did it!

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  29. How beautiful! What a lovely place to sit a spell. I love how the mantel turned out. Enjoy this special place.

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  30. Oh, Lynn! THis is magnificent! Love what you (hubs) created, how you set the scene, all your finishing touches. Just beautiful. Happy Easter.

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  31. So charming!!! What a dreamy garden place! I am a new gfc and linky follower now! Hope you will pop over for a return visit~ Angie

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  32. This is wonderful!! Your hubby did a great job (under your watchful eye)! It will be even prettier once those roses bloom! :)

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  33. This is stunning Lynn!! Your hubby is very skilled!! I love your eye in puttim
    Ng it all so beautifully together!! Can't wait to see more!

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  34. I love this post. Thank you so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


    Jody

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  35. Ohhh my...your garden mantel is GORGEOUS!!! How very sweet of your honey to make it for you! I love how it's nestled into the vine...so sweet! I certainly would love to spend time in this beautiful area! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari

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  36. Oh it is fabulous! I want one!!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  37. I can't believe your Hubby made this fabulous piece in just an Hour & at such a reasonable cost, it looks like an expensive Vintage Mantle!!! And it looks absolutely Magnificent in your Garden, your Chocolate Vine is a gorgeous backdrop to this Garden Vignette... what an outstanding visual impact this makes, Thanks for the Inspiration! Now I shall be begging The Man to make some Mantles for me! *Winks*

    Easter Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  38. It's beautiful! I love it. You guys did a wonderful job.

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  39. Wow, this is beautiful lynn. I've been missing you and glad to see you are updating over here. I always love ANY project of yours. :)

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  40. Oh Lynn with your hubbies wood working skills and your visions and sewing skills you two are quit a team! This is simply gorgeous!!

    Carol

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  41. What an incredible mantel! I love it....you are always so inspiring! This should be in a magazine.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  42. Hi Lynn, this is amazing! I can't believe you guys created this mantle, it looks original. I'll be featuring this post on Vintage Inspiration this week, thanks so much for linking up to the Easter Party!

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  43. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this mantel. It would be awesome to have such a great outdoor space. I'm including this masterpiece in my round up from guest hosting with Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts!

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  44. What a pretty way to dress up a boring fence in the garden! So different and creative! And what a wonderful guy you have to make this for you ...

    :)

    Linda

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  45. I love this so much! I'm impressed with your hubby!
    I can't wait to see it with the roses blooming, too- it will be spectacular.
    New follower. :)

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  46. Your backyard oasis is gorgeous. What a fabulous idea to put a mantel outdoors; it just couldn't be any cozier.
    Saw you featured at Common Ground.

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  47. Hi Lynn, Just wanted you to know that you were the third highest viewed last week on Simple & Sweet Fridays. This post was fantastic!
    Hope you can come back again. Would love to see what project you're working on.


    Jody

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  48. love the mantel...may i borrow your husband, please...just for a few projects at my place??
    erin

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  49. I can't tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this whole idea, Lynn! A fireplace mantel in your garden!!! ♥♥♥ I must pin this idea!!! And I'm your newest follower!

    xoxo laurie

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  50. Visiting from Common Ground. LOVE this--what a gorgeous setup!
    Mary

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  51. I love it! As I was reading all of these comments....my mind was racing, trying to figure out how to make one for my porch. :) Then it hit me that I have an old mantle in one of my storage sheds. My husand is gonna be thrilled since I think it's at the very back of the building! lol Your mantle is beautiful! I just love everything about it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. Hi, I'm stopping in to say hello from Brenda's cozy little house. I love your transformed chairs and love, love, love he fireplace and oval mirror! I love using mirrors in the garden. Your blog is beautiful and now I'm a new follower.

    ~Sandy

    Stop by and visit me sometime.

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  53. OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is incredible. Could you let your husband know that my birthday is coming up in June. Thanks. Tell him I will get him the address when he's done. :)hahahaha

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  54. Looks beautiful. We have had a garden mantle for several years now and love it. Another variation -we put a large mirror behind the mantle opening and love how it reflects the garden. Ours is placed near a table and chairs and we also hung a chandelier from the trees. My favorite "room".

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  55. Your garden mantel is just so charming! Thanks so much for the inspiration, and I wanted to let you know I featured it today.

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  56. Everything is amazing and beautiful, the mantel, the chair, your shabby chic style.

    Sincerely,
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  57. Love it! A few weeks ago, I recycled an old mantle into a patio decoration: http://peevishpen.blogspot.com/2012/07/shabby-chic.html

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  58. love that nice oval shaped mirror. For how much you got it? I got some inspiration the way you did garden mantel.

    ~ Herman Swan


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  59. Love the fireplace mantel!! I have been wanting to make one for my little condo, and yours inspired me! Thank you for sharing!!!

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