i should be mopping the floor: Modern Rustic Fall Mantel | Contributor Post from Heather

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Modern Rustic Fall Mantel | Contributor Post from Heather

Hi! I'm Heather from Southern State of Mind and I am thrilled to be joining  you today for my first Home Decor contribution post!  

I love making my house a home, and nothing feels more like "home" to me than a house decorated for the holidays. The first day of Fall is THIS Sunday, y'all!

However, while this girl may already be in a Fall State of Mind- here in Atlanta, it doesn't quite feel like fall yet!


So I set out to decorate my fireplace mantel with elements that would easily transition between the seasons...


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}
...with elements that could evolve through 
the entire upcoming holiday season...

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Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}
...and of course, one that I could put together inexpensively!


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}
My decor style is fluid and I believe that decorating your home is a journey. 
Don't be afraid to try something different!
mix new + old...
mix traditional + industrial... 
mix neutral + color pops... 
and why not mix MODERN + RUSTIC?


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}
I love incorporating rustic elements to introduce warmth and comfort. 
I believe a little rustic detail can change the entire feeling of a room.


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}
 Including the fresh sunflowers, 
this simple mantel came together for less than $10.


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}
The horse pallet was an easy DIY-
Check out the tutorial below!

Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}

Step 1: Find a Pallet
Free? Check.
Rustic? Check.
Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}

Step 2: Stain
Add a coat of stain for a modern look as well as more color contrast.
Found this Pecan color in the oops section of Home Depot.
Not quite free, but at under $2 I'll take it!
Modern? Check.
Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}

Step 3: Stencil
Found a horse silhouette online and print.
Tape it together to form a stencil and then tape it to the pallet.
Free? Check.
Rustic? Check.
Modern/Trendy? Check.
Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}

Step 4: Spray Paint
I gave the pallet top a light coat of Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint. 
I actually tried to not give it full coverage for a weathered look.
Free? Check. (I had some on hand)
Modern? Check.


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}

Step 5. Style
Is there ANYTHING spray paint can't make better?


Modern + Rustic Fall Mantel {with step-by-step details on creating the horse pallet}

Have you done anything to get in a Fall State of Mind?
I'd love to hear from you!















Heather is the southerner who blogs at The Southern State of Mind. She believes that decorating your home is a journey and encourages you to enjoy the ride! She is passionate about making homes feel comfortable and inspired. Heather lives in Georgia with her husband and toddler Parker (aka, Mr. Big Stuff). She invites you to join her in her Southern State of Mind!






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4 comments:

  1. Heather...it's absolutely beautiful! I also had no idea you get get stain a tube? WAH??? You rock!

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  2. I love your mantel! Blue mason jars and sunflowers are two of my favorite fall things and I think your horse pallet art turned out to be so cute.

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