I had also bought this fabulous wood piece at a garage sale a few weeks earlier that I did not know what I was going to do with, but for $5 I figured I could find a place for it later. It worked perfectly over the fireplace.
I wanted an overall neutral feel to the mantel so I just quickly placed some things I had laying around the house on the mantel to see how it would look. When I was finished I realized that almost everything I had placed on the mantel I had gotten at garage sales.
The white pedestal bowl I had gotten at a garage sale for 75 cents and spray painted white. The little bird is one of a set of two that I paid only a dollar for.
The clock face I bought at a sale for $2.00 and the silver tray I paid only 50 cents for. I was pleasantly surprised to realize it was the perfect size as a base for my cloche. I even bought the large pine cone at a garage sale, a bag of 3 for $1.00. It is amazing what you can pick up at garage sales.
And of course the crowning piece that I only paid $5.00 for. Can you believe it? When I bought this piece I had no idea what it was, I just knew I loved it. When I got home I googled the company name on the the piece and discovered it is an old stove board that was made to protect wood floors from heat damage.
Here is the finished mantel decorated with garage sale finds totaling $10.25. The pictures, cloche, and small pine cones I already had. What a deal!
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