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My Summer Lake Mantel

Learn how to style a summer mantel with a lake themed decor! Including photos from vacations and a trash to treasure DIY!

Since summer is officially right around the corner, I thought I’d change out my mantel for something a little more summery.

My husband’s family has a beautiful lake house on Smith Lake here in Alabama, so I decided to go with a lake theme. But my two pictures are from beaches we’ve visited, so it’s more like a lake/beach theme. ๐Ÿ™‚ Either way I’m good, because I love the water in the summertime.

What do you think?

Lake Themed Summer Mantel {Reveal} | The Turquoise Home

I made the striped board in the back from boards off my pallets. Using my reciprocating saw to free the boards, I then painted them (Wythe Blue from BM and Antique White from SW). I fastened them together with some fasteners from Lowe’s and voila! Super easy.

Lake Themed Summer Mantel {Reveal} | The Turquoise Home

I bought the ship wheel and the sailboat from Hobby Lobby. And the SEA letters are from there as well. I thought about painting the letters, but haven’t decided. Or, I might just leave them the way they are.

Lake-Themed Summer Mantel {Reveal} | The Turquoise Home
Lake-Themed Summer Mantel {Reveal} | The Turquoise Home

The picture on the left is of Phi Phi Island, Thailand. I went there in 2000 while on a break from studying in China. It was (and still is) the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately much of it was destroyed in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, so I don’t know what it looks like today.

I bought the black lantern at IKEA.

Lake-Themed Summer Mantel {Reveal} | The Turquoise Home

The candle in the middle is just an old candle I had around the house. I wrapped it in 3/4 inch sisal rope and hot glued it to the candle jar. Cheap and easy! I had the rope leftover from making the buoys.

The second beach picture is from our honeymoon to Zihuatanejo, Mexico. This was the view from our room. Gorgeous! 

I made the buoys myself. You’ll never guess what they started out as. But here’s a tip – they were trash! ๐ŸŽ‰

So, what do you think? Have you brought out the summer decor yet?

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  1. this is so cute! love it! we have some pallet projects going now too. so fun. i like the beach style with them.. i have some in mind for after the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi, Laura:

    I’m visiting you from Layla’s summer fun linky party.

    I love your mantel – your pallet board art reminds me of the piece I have on display on my own mantel ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the pieces you’ve pulled together – you definitely have a beachy vibe going!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Susan! I took a look at your mantel, too! Definitely similar with the blue and white striped boards. Did you make yours from pallets as well?

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