{Pottery Barn Inspired} Beachy Summer Mantle


I am so excited to share this with you!  I love the whole beachy/coastal/nautical theme going on right now at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Target etc.  When I walked into Pottery Barn last month I was in awe and I wanted to buy everything in the store (but unfortunately my wallet’s not that thick…) SO I of course did some improvising and came up with some of my own ways to recreate the look.

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For my first project I wanted to make my own weathered looking beach sign.  Lucky for me where I live there are wooden pallets literally laying out in the field behind my house.  So I snatched one up and used one of the old distressed boards.

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To make my sign I simply used my Cricut machine to cut out some vinyl letters and then stuck them to my board.  Then I mixed some paint and water together and painted over the top.  Mixing it with water made the paint thinner and let the natural wood show through making it look older.

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Then I removed the vinyl

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And ta-da!  A beautiful weathered-looking beach sign (love how this turned out!)

beach pallet sign

I bought some rope from our local hardware store for $4 and used it to wrap around the base of my candles and my starfish statue (Michaels).  It was easy..just hot glued it on

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I bought shells and starfish  (Michaels) and seaglass (Target) and used them as fillers for my apothecary jar and lanterns.  The fishing net was also from Michaels.

pallet beach sign

A fun little touch

starfish rope candlestick

Lantern (Target)


starfish candlestick copy

starfish seashells

seashell apothecary jar  copy

My one big splurge was this mirror that I have been coveting at Target for a while now.  It’s reminiscent of a sun so it was perfect for my beach mantle but I justified buying it because it can work all year (right?)

sunburst mirror

And here’s the finished product

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beachy summer mantle side

I have a sudden urge to visit Cape Cod…how about you?


14 thoughts on “{Pottery Barn Inspired} Beachy Summer Mantle

  1. Love it! Your mantel looks like something out of a magazine! I love beach inspired decor…my favorite paint colors for our house are light blues and greens. The sign turned out awesome – wish I had some pallets laying around 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous mantle! It’s so beautiful and perfect for summer. I love the handmade sign. I need to find some old pallets to make some cute signs like that. And you’re right – that mirror will totally work all year! I’m pinning this 🙂

  3. you know what my favorite thing in this whole post is? it’s the coffee table that you can see in the mirror, lol! so CUTE! love the mantle too, but that coffee table is awesome.

  4. I realize this is an old post but wanted to comment anyway. Your mantel is stunning – beautiful lines, elegant, balanced and classy. I just love it! I’m also loving the color on the wall. Reminds me of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams 🙂

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