Summer Mantle Inspired by the Beach

Easy Summer Mantle with Collected Favorites

summer mantle

Good morning sweet friend! I hope your summer has been filled with lots of sun and sand, and new memories! Before I share my summer mantle with you, I want to welcome you to the Summer Festival Blog Hop, hosted by Kendra of Joy in Our Home. 24 of my blogging friends and I have teemed up to share lots of decor and yummy inspiration each day of this week!

summer blog hop

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It's Friday, which means it's the last day of the hop! You will want to catch up with all of the beautiful (and tasty) posts, including summer vignettes, front porches, recipes, dining/tablescapes and mantles. I'll provide links at the end of this post to all the inspiration that you may have missed.

Today I want to share my summer mantle with you. I used to go all-out decorating my mantle for pretty much every occasion! Lately I find I prefer to keep the same basic look but just make a few changes. Part of my reasoning has to do with my dislike of climbing up into the hot, muggy attic...I'd much rather just shop my home for decor!

summer mantle with shells and beach glass

Our fireplace is very dramatic, and provides a great background for a colorful mantle! The large double fireplace opens up into our sunroom, where the brick climbs all the way to the vaulted ceiling back's a pretty dramatic space too! A few months ago I painted the living-room side of the fireplace with this white chalk paint. It started as a cleaning experiment...and went from there 😀 You can read a full tutorial outlining the simple process here.

I get a lot of questions asking if it's the German Schmear technique. It's not, it's MUCH easier and much less messy...and definitely cheaper!

Painting the fireplace went a long ways towards brightening up our living room, which tends to be on the dark side (that huge fireplace blocks a lot of light!). The rest of the room had already undergone some changes when we painted the dark faux oak paneling and built-ins, replaced the carpet with farmhouse wood floors...and one thing usually leads to another...I've already mentioned the sunroom got a makeover as well! My favorite feature in our sunroom are the reclaimed wood walls on each end. You can read about how easy it was to install them here.

painted fireplace

This is the room where the family hangs the when it came to decorating the mantle for summer, I chose to add some collectibles that bring back lots of good family memories of times spent at the beach.

We lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for over 7 years, and while there, collected lots and lots and lots of seashells and shark's teeth. I added some of our favorite shells to the mantle, both in a footed bowl, and a few by themselves.

collected shells

Of course you cannot miss the jars full of beach glass. Those have been collected in the time that we've lived on the Texas Gulf Coast! Both my daughter and Mr DIY have helped me hunt for beach glass nearly every time we go to the beach (which is only 20 minutes from our home!). I always come home from the beach with a few more pieces...which get added to these jars.

summer mantle

The colors of the beach glass are perfect for this beach-y mantle! If you don't live near a beach, you can purchase beach glass here.

magnolia wreath

"Today is a Good Day for a Good Day" is definitely true all summer long! I made the small sign a few days ago using Chalk Couture products and it took me about 10 minutes, start to finish! You can read the tutorial here.

The antique mason jars (found on ebay years ago) make their rounds in nearly every room in my home...whenever I need a touch of aqua! The shutter was a curbside find that I painted white. Shutters are much easier to paint using a spray, and I like this flat white. The magnolia wreath is a farmhouse classic. Mine is from Antique Farmhouse, but they are widely available. I love this preserved one.

Shopping my home to create a collected look is very important to me! I have several collections that I love and displaying them in different rooms in different ways is a challenge that I enjoy.

shutter, magnolia wreath, antique mason jars and beach glass

This beach-y mantle makes me want to throw on my swimsuit and head to the beach!

Summer mantle inspired by the beach | DIY beautify

Do you have any collections that you can use to create a summer mantle? Maybe it's driftwood, or sand or travel books...give it some thought!

Next up on the tour is Kristin from White Arrows Home. Kristin lives in a log cabin on a lake in peaceful does that sound? I know you'll be inspired by her summer mantle!

And as promised, here is the full line-up of summer tours. I hope you'll enjoy looking through each one!

Vignettes on Monday
Recipes on Wednesday
Mantles on Friday

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  1. Cindy - we are kindred spirits. Love the colors, sea glass and inspiration of your summer mantel. It is so pretty, calm and relaxing - better than meditation :)

  2. Your mantel is gorgeous! The soft colors make me want to be at the lake or beach and just chill and relax.

  3. Hi Cindy! So nice to meet you on the tour! I love coastal style...heading to the beach in the morning. You have a beautiful blog and I will be back to visit again.

    I would be delighted if you would link up this post at Thursday Favorite Things! I would love to feature your post as part of a coastal theme feature next week. The party is live every Thurs. at 9:00 a.m. EST- Sat. at midnight.

    Have a great summer!

  4. Hi Cindy, thank you so much for linking up at TFT! I have featured you this week! I hope you will join us again by linking up more of your creative posts. Have a great weekend!


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