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Phew! I feel like I have been missing in action for WEEKS! I think I have visited only one or two blogs in the recent past (and one of them I stumbled upon only because she did a lovely review of Miss D.) Seriously, I have been doing nothing but sawing, painting, nailing and climbing up and down a ladder for days and days and DAYS on end! (I'm exaggerating, of course--I also ate and showered once or twice and managed to keep up with every second of the doings on So You Think You Can Dance. I have standards, after all.)

It's not as if I set out to completely alter my living room but when I came across a incredible headboard for cheap at a garage sale a few months ago, the wheels in my head started spinning as to how I could use it in my house. Since it was a King sized headboard and I have a lowly Queen sized bed, using it in my bedroom was out AND, though the Big Guy's size fully justifies the use of a King sized bed, he sleeps on a double which is laid low upon the floor (no box spring) so that he doesn't break anything, including his head--therefore using it in his room was out. However, after standing on a steaming hot driveway in the 105 degree heat for thirty minutes looking at said headboard from all angles, I finally came up with An Idea.

Now, the "fireplace" below is lovely and it has served as an adequate "cover" for our large screen TV for three plus years, now. The mantel was made by my talented brother-in-law as a christmas present one year to fit the carved wood piece below with the "legs" which used to be a headboard in the Breckenridge hotel in Colorado over 100 years ago and has served as a beautification to every real and actual fireplace I have had in the past twelve years (there have been three). . . (and, yes, that is a mirror hanging over a mirror. People often ask me why-- but I've got nothing).

However, I think you will agree that the mantel below has just a little more pizzazz . . . (or perhaps not).


The old mantle is now upside down on top of the newly acquired headboard, the old headboard has been cut down (by moi. With a pull saw! At great sacrifice to my comfort) and attached to the base of the newly acquired headboard which is resting on newly acquired cubicles which rest on the old cubicles (yes, things are still a bit of a mess towards the bottom--it is The Spouse's job to finish cutting up a six cubicle laminate shelf system into smaller cubicles of custom sizes and he kind of pooped out, poor fella).

All the walls have been painted to match the one that has been lonesomely green for over a year now . . .


. . . and mouldings attached to meet snugly with the corners of the headboard-turned-mantel and all with recycled, re-used, scavenged, bought-on-a-great-sale, begged-borrowed-stolen items (in other words, for next to nothing). Of course, there is still one wall left to paint, the rosette around the entryway in the above picture to be re-set (it needs to be higher and to the right), another laminate cubicle to be created, the picture rail moulding needs another coat of paint . . .in short, I need a vacation!
(If you are reading this, I feel guilty! I haven't been to your blog in ages and I sorta, kinda don't intend to until the kids/The Spouse go back to school. So, just go away quietly so that I don't know you were here and don't have to cry bitter tears of guilt into my pillow tonight.) (Did anyone else notice that I spelled mantel/mantle two different ways?)

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33 wise, witty and wonderful comments

I didn't notice the misspelling because I was transfixed by these pictures Heidi! Wow - I'm so impressed! I can't handle power tools at all. You did a fabulous job! (slinking away quietly so you don't really know I was here...have a great rest of your summer!)

August 6, 2009 at 4:03 PM

You are a genius! Seriously, I love it. It looks like it was originally with the house.

August 6, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Heidi it is stunning! I love your shabby chic style and how versatile you are. I would love to be half as creative.

August 6, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Great job! I love to repurpose old cool things like that headboard.

And I hope my leaving a comment doesn't give you guilt. I don't expect anything at all from you for weeks to come. :)

August 6, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Oh, my word, girl!! You really are amazing. Have you thought about doing this professionally?

August 6, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Gotta tell ya . . . I love that green. It's almost the exact color of my bedroom. Some people think I'm totally weird for having a green bedroom, but I LOVE it.

And I wish you could come decorate my house for me.

August 6, 2009 at 6:01 PM

having a green bedroom better not be weird because mine is green as green can be! (hmmmm... actually, there's green in almost every room in our house...)

I love what you've done - and blogging is a completely guilt free activity... shoot, friends don't let friends cry tears of guilt into their pillows darlin'!

August 6, 2009 at 7:06 PM

having a green bedroom better not be weird because mine is green as green can be! (hmmmm... actually, there's green in almost every room in our house...)

I love what you've done - and blogging is a completely guilt free activity... shoot, friends don't let friends cry tears of guilt into their pillows darlin'!

August 6, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Please don't cry bitter tears of guilt. I am amazed and impressed. I honestly would never have seen a headboard and thought to make a mantel out of it. You are pure genius!

August 6, 2009 at 7:43 PM

it's beautiful! i love it! very impressed, very impressed.

August 6, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Tu es formidable! C'est vraiment incroyable!

August 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM

WOW, that is absolutely amazing!! Excellent Job!
xoxox

August 6, 2009 at 9:50 PM

bravo! i think you may have a new career! it looks amazing!!

August 6, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Wow - you have been busy! It looks fantastic.

August 6, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Green is my favorite color to paint walls! so there! And oh my mante/mantle!!! You kicked butt on that! No wonder you have been missing and missed!

August 6, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Everything looks great!!!
I love So You Think You Can Dance!
Were you happy with the results last night? I WAS!!! :)

August 7, 2009 at 5:55 AM

That is amazing. Really. I never would have thought to do that in a million years.

August 7, 2009 at 6:19 AM

You are so creative! It looks awesome! You're giving me ideas!

August 7, 2009 at 9:11 AM

OH OH OH! Come do my house next!

August 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM

You are incredibly talented! WOW. And I see why you are so busy-don't worry about reading blogs; you're living life :)

August 7, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Oh. My!

That is beyond stunning - I just love it!

August 7, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Wow, I am even more impressed! You should seriously consider charging others for consulting and coming up with ideas for their own house. Maybe a home improvement on a dime blog...

August 7, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I wish all our home improvement projects turned out so awesome!

August 7, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Heids, you are the master decorator. Every time I see pictures of your home, I want to move in with you. You are naturally elegant. (In word and deed!)

August 8, 2009 at 11:21 PM
Scott Garner  

Whoa!! I just had to show my wife what you did with the headboard. The "Whoa!!" at the beginning of my post was her reaction! You did a fantastic job!! I swear, I have cured me of watching those "home improvement" shows forever - now I just come to your page!!

August 9, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Luisa of Novembrance sent me here... How fun to see the world you've created with your books and your blog!

August 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Wow! You are amazing. Your home is so lovely. And you with the power tools? Who knew? What a transformation!

August 11, 2009 at 12:49 AM

Heidi! WOW!
Just wow.
You are amazing. I love a woman who can hod her own with power tools!

August 12, 2009 at 4:30 PM

You have such a pretty style!!

August 13, 2009 at 12:50 PM

How pretty! I, personally, love the understated green tone.

August 18, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Heidi, it is fantastic! and remember I loved the old Fireplace mantle/television stand. You could be a contractor in another life. How awesome is this, extraordinarily.
Roxanne

August 18, 2009 at 2:19 PM

WOW!... Its so impressive, You should seriously consider charging others for consulting and coming up with ideas for their own house..


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August 19, 2009 at 11:28 PM

I add my WOW to everyone else's comments. You know I don't comment much but I had to this time. Beautiful job. I want to see it in person!! Love Ya

August 23, 2009 at 8:14 PM

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