Spring Mantel and Sunroom

Tips for decorating a mantel for Spring from start to finish, as well as Spring touches in our sunroom, with plants, quilts and vintage farmhouse decor.

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Hi friend, I'm so happy you're here today! I'm joining some blogging friends to share our Spring Home Tours with you all week long. The event is hosted by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, and if you're visiting from The Stonybrook House, a very special welcome! You're sure to find so much inspiration today and all week; you'll find links to all 29 tours below.


If you're new here, I'm Cindy and I love to share budget friendly ways to decorate, DIY and craft your way to a beautiful home! You can read more about me here, and I would be honored if you chose to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Today I'm going to show you how I decorated my mantel for Spring, step by step, and I hope it will give you some ideas. I'm also sharing some ways I've brought in Spring blues to my vintage sunroom.


Spring mantel start to finish

I'm a visual person, and it helps to see how something comes together in pictures. I hope you find this helpful too!

A couple years ago I painted our dark and dated brick fireplace with chalk paint, and we've never looked back! This is one of my most popular posts, and so many others have tried my easy technique and loved it. I've included several of my readers before and after fireplaces in the post to give you more ideas. The lighter surface is so fun to decorate for all the seasons. If you've been wanting to paint your stone or brick fireplace, I say go for it!

I always start by taking everything off the fireplace mantel and hearth and giving it a good cleaning. This also helps to remove any visual distractions so I can start with a fresh slate.

This year's mantel took a bit of a twist when I found a couple of oil paintings at the thrift store. I removed them from their frames and antiqued them to tone down the overly bright colors. I'll be sharing how I did that in another post soon.

Here are some Spring fireplace mantels from past years:


I always like to use a large focal piece on my mantel. This year, it was a large tin reproduction ceiling tile (also scored at the thrift store). I painted it with white chalk paint and then lightly distressed the raised edges with a sanding block.

The two oil paintings were propped up against the tile and overlapping slightly. This threesome makes a great focal point for my Spring mantel!

Next, I brought in a few accessories to finish the look.
I added pillar candleholders, a potted hydrangea, and a few small flower pots with moss, as well as some vintage French escargot pots and a wood bead garland. Some tulips and a baby fern complete the look.


The colors are all moody blues, various shades of white/cream, and green. It feels very calming. I did go back and raise the white tile so it was more visible.


My Spring mantel is rather eclectic this year, but I really like it. And, surprise surprise, there's no wreath! Ha, I think I almost always have a wreath hanging on my fireplace!


On the hearth I brought in more faux white tulips in a vintage pickling crock and stoneware planter.


We currently live in Texas where the bluebonnets signal that Spring is officially here. I was delighted to find the oil painting with the bluebonnets for that reason and because blue is my favorite color 💙

Our sunroom shares this double-sided fireplace, and is one of our favorite rooms because of all the light it gets. I have become quite a plant lady since moving into this home 5-1/2 years ago!

Spring in the sunroom

I love mixing old and vintage items with a few new ones, in our sunroom. I found this small desk that I call my potting table, at Canton Market Days a couple years ago. It's a great size for this space and it's always covered in plants.


They just love the sunny windows, although I find have to water some of them several times a week to keep them happy 🌿 I love this continuous mister I bought from Amazon. It may not look vintage, but it sprays a fine mist that my plants just love.


Mr DIY inherited this old wood dough bowl and lid from his aunt and uncle. I believe it used to rest on a stand, but it's a great piece to store seasonal decor and adds so much farmhouse charm to our home!

I happen to adore old textiles and piled up a few of my favorite quilts and pillows in shades of blue and white.

Last year I made this tulip and daffodil nest centerpiece and it adds so much color to this space. Can you believe those are faux flowers?


My beloved white cottage dresser stands on the other side of the vintage daybed, against our DIY reclaimed wood wall. More plants fill this side of the room!


I hope my Spring mantel and sunroom decor have inspired you! Please head to Southern Home & Hospitality next to see Kate's Spring home tour!

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  1. Your mantel looks amazing - even without a wreath! LOL. I need to get out of my symmetrical zone. Love it all but that potting table with those fantastic quilts underneath is a fave. Well maybe it's the bluebonnet print or maybe the dresser and the vignette on top. Yikes, it's all so perfectly spring. Always glad to hop with you.

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    1. Cindy you always give the best and most encouraging compliments! I always appreciate a comment from you!! xx

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  2. The oil paintings are so very pretty! great step by step on the mantel. That tulip-nest centerpiece is the cutest.

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  3. Love your mantel vignettes and your great art finds. The one with bluebonnets is a favorite of mine too. I was born and raised in Texas. Thanks so much for joining the tour this season, great tips and ideas for mantel decor.

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  4. Cindy, there's so much I love about your home! I love how you showed the progress of decorating your mantel. That tulip/daffodil basket... love!

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  5. I love the colors your chose for your spring mantel, Cindy, the blue is so pretty! You did such a great job painting your fireplace too, I can see why it's such a popular post!

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  6. Cindy your home makes my heart happy! I adore the mantel and your nest centerpiece. Such a joy to be on tour with you!

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    1. Laura, that is the sweetest compliment! Thank you so much 💕

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  7. Your home is bursting with spring! I love all your colors and how you layered all the pieces on your mantel. Oh - and I love the brick on your fireplace too...Just beautiful! Great hopping with you again!
    Shelley

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  8. Wow, it's all so beautiful! I love the mantel and all of your pretty layers against that beautiful brick! Happy Spring! xo

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  9. What a lovely mantel, Cindy! And your sunroom looks amazing! I always enjoy seeing what your do with your home for the seaons!

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  10. Cindy, your spring mantel and sunroom are just gorgeous! I just love the old white table with the tulip arrangement and all the quilts piled underneath! Your ideas are so inspiring!

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  11. Everything looks so beautiful! I love the mantel and sunroom decor! That tulip centerpiece is so beautiful! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home

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  12. I love every single vignette Cindy. You have such a good eye for details. They are so pretty and full of interesting and beautfiul items. Happy Spring friend! xoxo

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