I have been wanting a blanket crane for awhile now, after seeing several of them in homes that I admire. I printed the directions from Kris's Blog, Simply Prim. You can find the tutorial for the blanket crane here. Thanks Kris for the directions. I did have my husband change the plans just a little. I wanted the crane part to actually swing, so he made it that way, rather than stationary.
I painted it black with a coat of taupe and then finished with a coat of dark brown Briwax. I found the coverlet at the Thrift Store. It was a silent auction item that I was lucky enough to win. I love the colors, antique white, mustard and brown.
My living room is so boring and this helped bring it some character. I'm working on that room, but just can't get it like my kitchen/eating area. I'm thinking that I need a mantle/fireplace like this one.
This is in my brother & sister-in-laws house.
My brother put in an actual fireplace. When we were growing up in this house, there was a door to the outside where the fireplace is. He built a brick chimney and the hearth surround. I love the simplicity of the whole thing. I also think it screams primitive. Unfortunately for me, my husband isn't willing to build a chimney! I'll have to settle for a fake fire, but I'm sure working on selling the idea of a mantle - wish me luck! ~Ann