When we built our house the mantle wasn't given much thought. We put this one up thinking we would do something better in time. You know how that goes, 10 years later and it was still the same. I've never cared for it much and then I saw where Dot from Picket Place had painted hers and thought I'd try it. I like it and think I can live with it a while longer!
I've got newlywed daughter's picture up right now. That's her wedding invitation in the frame and a picture of her and her hubby coming out of the church next to it.
The wire "thingy" was on clearance at Hobby Lobby and I put fake fruit in it. I tried different things but ended up with that. The candle sticks were on clearance at Target.
Thanks Dot for the inspiration! A little paint can make a big difference!