{Rustic Heart Mantel}

I started my morning with ambition to decorate for Valentine’s Day.
(I usually just skip over that holiday decor and go for the heart shaped sugar cookies)

I had this one token heart to use.
The foyer is where it all began…

The “Back in Black” table needed something. So I distressed it.
Sand, Rub in stain… (I still use my old method that works – I haven’t jumped on the chalk paint or milk paint & wax wagon – yet)

As the table dried I searched for a new wall piece and decided on my latest –
I was super lazy about getting all the nails out during this project and thought the nails might add some extra rough character. It did.

 Today when I took the piece off the piano it was pretty heavy. I don’t like hanging heavy stuff. I took the back layer of wood off. I realized the nails might be easier to remove now.
Then I came up with a simpler solution!

I love my table saw….it just isn’t always convenient to pull out to use quick, due to my garage space. Not so beautiful….

(I have to share with the boys – I’m keeping that in mind for the future house.)

Once the nailed ends were cut off it made the piece just about 3+ inches shorter
-no big deal.
I sanded the edges again and turned the thing over. Well….look at that?

The back looked pretty.  I am going to use it!

While the wood piece sat on the center of the table I used a level from the nail in the wall stud to the top of the wood. That is where I put the D rings (the blurry picture).

Two uses for one piece of junky wood. I am proud.

I just gathered the most “Valentine looking” items I had around the house and placed them all in one spot … on the wood.
Lights, wreath with pink berries and a {LOVE} Christmas ornament.

The heart twinkle lights are from Target – $3. The wreath and metal heart are from
 The Nosey Goose.

I like the lighter wood and the distressed black on the foyer table.

Happy Valentine’s Day decorating!

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