You guys, this has been a long long loooong time coming! I’ve mentioned about 30 thousand times on my Instagram that I’d show y’all more photos and the DIY details of my piano scrolls and each day I have let you down.
But today is the day I stop letting you down and finally show y’all how I came up with this idea and how I executed hanging these scrolls under my mantle.
Around Christmas time I kept having the inkling that my mantle/TV wall was missing something. There was just too much… wall showing and originally, I was going to frame out and shiplap part of the wall and make it look like a faux built in fireplace, but my lazy got the best of me, and the whole freezing cold winter weather made me lose motivation.
One of my favorite hobbies is mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed searching for ideas and screenshotting 90% of the photos I see from the lovely bloggers I follow. My eyes kept stopping me at every photo on Erin’s (Cottonstem on Instagram) feed of her dining room mantle that was filled in with book pages.
I twas in love.
But, I spent a lot of time (and cha-cing) curating my antique book collection (y’all, peeps get REAL competitive and feisty at antique auctions) and did not want to take pages out of a book and put them on the wall.
Even if it would’ve made my heart insanely happy and would look so cute. Oh, and my sister-in-law works at a library and would 100% murder me if she saw me take apart a book.
Anywho, one day while staring at the mantle, debating on what I could possibly do that would emulate the beauty that Erin curated at her house, suddenly a switch flipped and I remembered this giant box of piano scrolls that I found at my local antique store that I always went to look at, but never bought.
So I quickly ran to the antique store and found where they were hidden (still under the same old table, barely visible and bought a handful of scrolls.
These guys were really easy to hang, the hardest part was getting the clear elastic jewelry string to stay tied around the scrolls. Tip, don’t buy stretchy elastic string, that was what made this such a pain.
I used small finishing nails and nailed them into the wall, hung the strolls on the nails, and unraveled them to the desired length, then used double sided tape to tape the ends onto the wall so they wouldn’t flop everywhere.
And ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom, my mantle was 100% transformed and I’m so madly in love it hurts sometimes.
Ok, bit of an exaggeration, but it looks so damn great, y’all!