Fall Mantel with Feathers

My Fall mantel is complete and yes, it has feathers.

I’m into feathers this Fall.

Peacock feathers adorn my latest wreath creation for the season, and now tall feathers (not sure specifically what kind) grace my latest seasonal mantel.

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

For my Lowe’s October Challenge, one of the projects that the Creative Team could tackle was giving the fireplace mantel a makeover.  I was surely excited and awaiting the opportunity to give my mantel a revamp.  I sent the seashells apackin’ and dug out the pumpkins, ghords, and festive favorites.

For my latest mantel, I wanted something new & fresh, but started like I usually do by shopping my home before even stepping foot into a store.  It’s always such a great way to create a fresh, new look without spending a lot of $$$.  Most of the elements for my Fall mantel I already had on hand, but a few elements are new like the ghords (obviously since they’re seasonal) + the feathers, which I picked up at AC Moore for $2/each.  They add such a unique, spicy element to the space.

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

In my travels over the past months, I also picked up this super interesting black sphere, which adds an interesting three-dimensional quality to the new mantel.  To add in some height, I covered 3 books with plain white paper, and topped it with a pretty candle in a geometric holder + a glass filled with gold rocks.

Yes, fabulous gold rocks.

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

The rocks were a quick and fun DIY project that I tackled with the kids before school started a few weeks ago.  We had gone for a hike at a local lake and they collected a bunch of rocks.  My nifty brain got me thinking…  let’s jazz em’ up with a little spray paint!  It’s ah-mazing what a little flashy gold can do…

bling bling!

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Another new element in the space is the mirror.  It’s not new to me, but something that I purchased 2 years ago, but has been sitting in the garage ever since.  It was wood, but I wanted it white, so once again, spray paint to the rescue!

Prime.  Paint.  And something new + magical is born.

MIrror before and after - $5 fix with white spray paint by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

And the result…

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

For now, it leans on the wall instead of being hung.  I change things so much (probably too much) that it wasn’t worth another hole in the wall.

The overall space is definitely happy + festive + perfectly set for Fall.

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Some more details…

My upcycled light turned vase (now a candle holder) made this years Fall mantel.  Still one of my favorite upcycle projects to date…

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

To add to the whole composition, I added in a few more festive elements that sit at the foot of the fireplace.  I brought in my thrift-store old chest (which holds the kids wooden trains) and topped with a large pumpkin and a few wonky ghords.  And instead of my tall vibrant yellow lantern sitting on the mantel this time, I brought it to the floor.

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

O, and there’s me, photographing the most difficult space in the world. Seriously I take 100s of shots and am never satisfied.  Well I tried and I hope you enjoyed.


Fall mantel with feathers by @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

And lastly, in striving to always keep it real, this is how the space around me looked at the time of photographing…

All looks perfect in the shot, but there was a bunch of craziness around it.

Moved furniture.


Birthday supplies.

Just keepin’ it real…

I hope you enjoyed my Fall Mantel with feathers. What adorns your mantel for Fall?

To gather even more unique, fun, and creative ideas for your indoor and outdoor Fall spaces, I would definitely suggest downloading the Lowe’s Creative Ideas app on the iphone and ipad.  I’m always checking out the FREE app for great seasonal + do-it-yourself inspiration.

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Also consider following Lowe’s on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram as well.

 Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine! Fall Blogger Badge 1

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  1. says

    Thanks for “keeping it real”. Looks a lot like my house + a fireplace. Always wanted one, never had one :-(. Your mantle is beautiful. All that I have so far is some fake pumpkins and gourds. I don’t get out much so I have lots of ideas, just nothing to use to implement them.

  2. Kay says

    Jenna, that last shot is why you’re one of my very favorite bloggers! You’re so real. Your mantle arrangement is lovely – I especially like the gold rocks and the feathers.

  3. says

    Your mantel looks beautiful and love those feathers very much! :-)
    great idea of spray painting the mirror in white; it’s very nice
    love your last picture too; that’s how my house looks many times with all the mess that is going on around here! :-)

  4. says

    Hooray for Keeping it Real!!!!!!! LOL! Mine looked exactly the same way when I took my mantel pics. Disaster zone. It’s always that way when I redo a season decorations for a blog post. :D Mantel looks great, Jenna!

  5. tammy says

    really pretty. I really like the wall color and the mirror is awesome on it. I put feathers out and my cat (good thing I love her) broke the hurricane vase that I had built my whole living room around (the color). My fault I knew she loved feathers, but thought I had them hid.

  6. Jamie Callihan says

    Loving this post and all of your fall decor. I’ve also been really into peacock feathers lately, so I just have to share these adorable luggage tags I got on Brookstone’s website! Aren’t they cute? http://www.brookstone.com/peacock-feather-luggage-tags-set-of-three?bkiid=SearchResults|CategoryProductList|770475p I can’t get enough of feathers this fall. I love ordering from Brookstone’s site because they have a coupon page that gives you discounts as well (found at http://www.brookstone.com/brookstone-coupons). Just thought I’d share and again I love your home!

  7. Leigh says

    Thank you for posting this!! My favorite snapshot is the “keepin’ in real photo!” ;-) I LOVE that! I do have one question — would you mind sharing your tips for taping off the framed mirror prior to painting? It looks to have SUPER-clean paint lines — I’d love to know how you achieved this! Exacto knife, maybe??

    • Jenna says

      No real tricks with painting the mirror. I made sure to but the tape right up to the edge where the mirror and wood meet. Then I pressed on the tape firmly to make sure it was secure. Once it was painted, I removed the tape while the paint was still wet. This helps so the tape doesn’t pull off the paint. Good Luck!