Gold Accent Mantel

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I’m delighted to share my gold accent mantel today. I have a love/hate relationship with re-decorating my mantel. I love to see it change around for holidays and in between, but it can be a challenge to make it just perfect for my eyes. There is an awkward time now between Easter and 4th of July, and I thought it would be fun to bring in the GOLD that I’m loving so much lately.

Gold Accents Mantel

I was asked by PORCH to participate in their Home Treasure Swap challenge with a fellow blogger. What is PORCH, you ask? Think Pinterest meets LinkedIN for Home Improvement. I gathered up a few items that I wasn’t using in my home, and shipped them to my friend Kim at Today’s Creative Blog. She did the same, and this is what I got from her:


used items

Since it was a random gathering of items, it was tricky to think up a project with it. I turned to my trusty friend, the can of spray paint. I LOOOOOVE spray paint, it can make the ugliest item beautiful. Just like furniture, or an old home, if the BONES are good (meaning, the shape or design) a little upcycle does wonders.

Enter my new favorite color–GOLD. I sprayed all the items with gold spray paint, and immediately saw beauty under the plain layers.

I added in some artwork that I had purchased already, and voila:

Gold Mantel

Pretty much anything can be spray painted and brought to beauty.

The green bucket didn’t fit in on the mantel, so I filled it with pistachio’s!

bowl of pistachios

Here is what I sent to Kim at Today’s Creative Blog

items before

Head on over to Today’s Creative Blog to see how she decorated with them, I’m excited to see myself!

Here are the other bloggers that participated in the swap

Home treasure swap bloggersimage

6 other Bloggers played along. We were teamed up with one other blogger and my partner is

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  1. Shawnna says:

    That is so neat!!! Love it!!

  2. Sylvia says:

    Love the birtch tree art piece. I’d like to know where you got it or its name/artist.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I found it at Hobby Lobby over a year ago, not sure if it’s still there…


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