Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Halloween Mantel {inspired by my favorite Villains}

I am really excited to share my Halloween Mantel with you guys today. This year, I wanted to do something different and thanks to Martha Stewart Crafts, I had everything I needed to make my creation come to life! I received a box of Martha's latest paints and accessories from Plaid, and was drawn to the shades of gray, silver, red, and black glitter. I was also inspired by these lovely ladies:

My idea was to create a vignette that would represent each of these fabulously evil villains. I used items that I had in my Halloween stash, and pulled a few other things from around my home together to create this fun twist on spooky decor. Using my Martha Stewart products, I was able to transform every day decor items to fit my theme. Can you spot the "villains" in my mantel?

Here are three easy projects you can complete in an afternoon!

1. Update an old mirror with a coat of Liquid Gilding for a stunning new accessory!

2. Transform a piece of thrift store artwork to a framed Chalkboard!

3. Create a custom floral arrangement with plain silk flowers and acrylic craft paint!

For my first project, I started with lovely piece of birdhouse art from the thrift store:

First, I taped the inner edges of the frame to protect the wood. Then I applied the Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint directly to the surface of the glass. I did about 3 coats to make sure that it was consistent and had good coverage. {Cool thing about her chalkboard paint? It comes in colors too: gray, blue, and green!}

I removed the tape and allowed the paint on the glass to dry completely. Instead of painting the frame, I just updated it by giving it a sheer, brushed on coat of Martha Stewart metallic craft paint in Gold.

Once everything was dry, I conditioned my new chalkboard {covered the entire surface with chalk, then wiped clean} and wrote my villain quote. It is the centerpiece of my mantel design and I love it!

For my next simple project, I took this mirror from drab to fab with the liquid gilding in silver:

This is one of my favorite finds! I had never used the Martha Stewart gilding products before, and I can't wait to use them again... {I already have another project in the works with my brass gilding!} It went on my mirror frame like butter, it was so easy to apply. Just make sure you have the proper tools for clean-up {nail polish remover works great to clean spills and brushes.} I am in love with the finished surface of my mirror, it looks beautiful and expensive! Perfect for a vain, evil queen :)

My last projects were for the Queen of Hearts vignette. First, I took a simple art canvas with an image of a queen of hearts playing card that I created earlier this year for my Valentine's Day Mantel. I updated it to add a pop of red with the Tartan Red Satin and Garnet Coarse Glitter paints from Martha's line:
Now for the fun part... painting the roses red, we're painting the roses red!
I used the same Tartan Red color to paint the edge of the rose petals. I tried to create a messy painted look, and even painted on a few drip marks to make it look more authentic! I think the queen herself would be happy with how they turned out:
I had so much fun brainstorming the ideas for my Villain Halloween Mantel, I hope you've enjoyed it!
Here's one last look:
The thing I enjoyed most about this project is that I was able to "shop" my home for items I already had, and give them a quick update with paint to make them tell a story. Thank you Martha Stewart Crafts for the amazing products you provided! You can find out more about all the lines of Plaid Crafts by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

This post was written as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opnions are 100% mine and I really do love the Martha Stewart products!

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  1. What a great twist on a Halloween mantle, I love the villain idea!

  2. Love the theme and love the overall look. Is it just me our do your flowers look like someone bled on them?..... Creepy... :)

  3. This is such a cute idea! I love it! You are just too talented for your own good.

  4. Ah-Mazing. Love all the individual projects and how they all came together. It's perfect!

  5. seriously ADORABLE girls! Love the pops of red!! FANTABULOUS as usual!! ;)

  6. This is a super creative idea for a mantel theme! And I love that you pulled it off in a subtle way. Great work!

  7. This is awesome!!! I love the color scheme and it's a fun twist on the traditional Halloween theme. So fun!

  8. This is adorable! Love that queen of hearts : ) So perfect!

  9. Love this! Spooky & fun at the same time. My favorite part are the painted roses... fun, fun, fun!

  10. Looks great! The power of paint, right? HUGS!

  11. Amazing! I love every little detail. My favorite is the's gorgeous!

  12. I love love love it!! And, hello?? Did you paint your mantel wall?? Did I miss that announcement? I love the dark gray! :)

    I hope you'll link this up at my mantel party on Monday! :)

  13. Wow! look at all the fun you had with Martha Stewart paint. I went looking for the glass paint this past weekend. Couldn't find that but bought her stick on spiders and now I have spiders all over my walls.

  14. Superb! My favorite is the red on the roses - such a cool paint effect I wouldn't have thought of.

  15. This is so fun! I never would have thought to use Disney Villains for Halloween, what a great idea!

  16. Ok, this mantel is completely fabulous! My favourite mantel out there yet! I love that you used evil queens as your inspiration!!

  17. I love the Disney villains! What a perfect theme for a Halloween Mantel?! Just wanted to let you know that I am doing a round up post on Fall Mantels tomorrow and yours is included!

  18. Love it - the painted flowers are my favorite part!


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