Good morning friends, today it is the day we show off our summer mantels over at the Lettered Cottage, and just in the knick of times I got my project finished.
It’s a pallet wood project. Yep I jumped on that bandwagon too. How could I not with so many inspiring projects gone before me.
The idea for this project however did not start out as a pallet wood mantel idea. Nope, I wanted a wood wall. A real wood wall.
I have seen this beautiful walls with wood planks all over blogland. But I think Layla and Kev set the standard for most of them. They work wonders with wood. I want one of those walls, badly…..
I dream of those walls…..
I want one in my bedroom…., my living room……, my kitchen…….
But on this idea I really couldn’t get My Love on board. He veto-ed every suggestion I made.
So I pleaded and I begged….
I showed him endless amounts of inspiration pictures….
I gave him every argument I could think off and promised to do all the work…..
He wasn’t budging.
So I kicked it up a nudge:
I threw myself on the ground kicking fists and feet,
I stumped up the stairs and banged the doors,
And when my angry toddler and sulky teenager routine didn’t work I tried my feminine ways on him.
I promised him favors, and big lovely meals (you know, a man and his stomach),
And then I promised that if he gave me my wood wall I would love him forever and ever and then some…..
He just said: “You promised me that 10 years ago. I am still holding you to that promise!”.
So then I declared defeat and started to plot another way to get the ‘feel of’ a wood wall in my house.
And this is what I came up with: a new background for my faux-mantel.
And the beauty of it is, it was absolutely free.
I got the pallet at work, I dismantled it, painted the planks white and hammered them back together (without the beams that give a pallet some height).
The pipe rings, we had in our basement, and the bottles are all earlier flea market finds.
I love the versatility of this background. It only needs a few flowers but still has a lot of impact and I can already see myself doing all kinds of variations with it.
For this first round, I used the flowers that are blooming in my garden right now. With my pink peonies taking center stage.
I am sure this little ‘wood wall’ will see many makeovers all through the season.
And my love? He totally approved of this wood wall in our house. He even helped me with the assembly of it all. Or maybe he is just glad I finally shut up about my desire for more wood in our house….
So what do you think? Could this replace your longing for a wood wall? Do you like my pallet project? Have you ever found a replacement project for something you really wanted but couldn’t have?
And don’t forget to check out all the summer mantel ideas over at The Lettered Cottage!
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