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Mantel Makeover #WeArtBigstock

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When it comes to decorating, I’ve always called myself a minimalist.  Not because I necessarily have a keen interest in keeping things very simple, but mostly because I don’t have an eye for decorating.  Take the mantel in our living room for example.  It hasn’t changed much in the eight plus years we’ve been married.  It’s in desperate need of a mantel makeover!

Here it is in 2009…

mantel 2009

and last month for Valentine’s Day…

mantel 2013

Not much changed, huh?  Same candle sconces, even.

I want a new mantel.  Short of ripping that one off the wall, I want a new mantel look.  I’ve always wanted to be able to put a statement art piece above my mantel and decorate around it.  When it comes to art work, though, I have rich taste without the wallet to support it.  Every time I’ve ever found a piece that I really liked, my budget winced at the mere thought of it.  That is, until now. I recently found a grunge map of the world on Bigstock and fell in love with it.  Insert operatic aria here!

grunge map of the world

Seriously, as soon as I saw the map I knew I had to have it.  I have a big heart for missions, and have long believed that as a Christian one should always be either going or sending.  I was so committed to the image that it is quite literally the only piece of artwork that I have ordered in our entire marriage without consulting my husband first.  Once the print came in, Hubs framed it and hung it for me.

mantel in progress

I purchased a Michael Graves pedestal bowl to sit on the mantel.  I thought the bowl and the print would look awesome with our drapes.  I cut colored reeds, which I’d picked up from the local dollar store, to fit into a trio of candle vases.   I kept the framed photo of the kids on the mantel, as well as my framed print of my word of the year. The mantel still looked a bit barren.Wood Trinkets on Mantel

So, I went downstairs and dug through some memory boxes and found my wooden box from a trip to El Salvador, as well as my wooden recorder.  I grabbed hubs pedestal and bowl set that he brought home from a business trip to Saudi Arabia, as well.  I gave them all a new home on the mantel.

mantel almost finished

I plan to do paint three rectangular wood blocks — in colors that coordinate with the curtains—and print “Every Tongue” , “Every Tribe”, and “Every Nation” on them. I was thinking I could put some of those grapevine balls in the Michael Graves bowl, too.  Either that or get a vintage globe to set on the mantel where it is, and move the Michael Graves bowl to another spot in the living room.

What do you think?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. You did better than I could! Right now I am thankful we DON’T have a mantle but just a deer head hanging where the mantle is suppose to go. I’m not good at decorating and my husband is good at criticizing and always saying ‘less is more’.

  2. I think nothing gives a house a more welcoming mood than a mantle. You did a great job re-energizing yours! It looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. My mantle hasn’t changed much throughout the years either. It changes a bit during Christmas but that’s it. I like your new makeover look.

  4. I love to change things around. My mantle though, has a tv hanging above it. It’s in our family room and it’s really the only place to put the TV. I love to decorate it at Christmas time! You did a fantastic job with yours. Really pretty!

  5. You did a great job! I love changing things around in the house for each season. It’s like a much needed refresh!

  6. Now I just need a mantel to put these things on. 🙂

  7. It looks great! I always have issues with too much clutter on my mantle, I have to edit myself and then re-edit myself!

  8. Yep, I’d want that map too. That’s rocking sharp and it looks good hanging.

  9. I love the idea of changing things up every now and then. I wish we had a pretty mantel.

  10. I love changing things up in my house. We don’t have a mantel but I’ve always wanted one.

  11. Sandra VanHoey says:

    I like it, I am terrible at things but like how you did this to blend in with the curtains. Good job!

  12. Melissa Bowers says:

    I love the arrangement! Looks great. The map is really cool. I’ve never seen one like that before.