I've seen shutters used on top of mantels on several blogs and I love 'em. I found a pair over at Goodwill for $3.99 and transformed them.
I usually paint in my garage or outside. Not so with cold temps. Have no fear, my basement is the perfect place for such an endeavor.
I used paint I already had which makes it really cost-effective.
And this is the end result. Whatdaya think?
And as my mantel reads... may you enjoy all the bountiful blessings that God shows you in the mundane, the everyday, the almost unnoticeable, and in the absolutely obvious!