Here is a quick and easy project that added a touch of uniqueness to our family room mantle. Everything except for the painting came from yard sales (vases), Salvation Army (Books), and Craigslist (shutters for $10). The shutters I got were weathered and pretty beat up. I sanded them down and painted them with Annie Sloane Chalk Paint (Paris Gray), which gave them a second life!
My grandmother had painted this small oil and I wanted to display it above our mantel, but it's not large so I liked the idea of layering it on the shutters to give it length and depth. The shutters are also great at any season to put a wreath or chalkboard art, or a mirror on top.
There are some other ideas for our mantle that I'm working on so stay tuned. Whenever I find things that I like I keep them on file on my Pintrest boards- come check them out.