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My New Mantel

Friday, January 6, 2012

I am so excited to show you our new and improved mantel! 



It still has a long way to go, but it is a far cry from this...


We have one of those fabulous homes with the cut out hole above the fireplace for the TV.  Of course it doesn't work for a flat screen so my dear husband modified it to allow our TV to work here. 

The problem was I always hated it!  I wanted a real mantel, not a TV.  I never thought my husband would actually go for my suggestion of moving the TV, but not only did he agree; I came home to find the TV moved and my mirror hung! 

We moved the TV to the other wall above this dresser - I would show you pictures, but we still have some wires hanging ;-) 

No idea what I am going to do with that huge hole over the mirror...but for now the over sized rustic box will work.  Anything is better than those darn TV accessories!!





Now if only I could muster up the courage to talk my landlord into painting the mantel and our kitchen cabinets :-) 

I will also be linking up to 52 Mantels as well as these fabulous parties...

http://www.thriftydecorchick.com; http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/ ; http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/ http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/ ; http://goodbyecityhellosuburbs.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.lilluna.com/ ; http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/ ; http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/ ; http://733blog.blogspot.com/ ; http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/; http://www.somewhatsimple.com/ ; http://thriftydecorating-nikkiw.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.houseofhepworths.com/ ; http://rhinestonebeagle.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.brandyscrafts.blogspot.com/ ; http://alliemakes.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.thrifty101.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/
; http://whipperberry.com/ ; http://www.missmustardseed.com/ ; http://www.mysimplehomelife.com/ ; http://www.atthepicketfence.com/ ; http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/ ; http://commonground-debrasvintagedesigns.blogspot.com/ ; http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/; http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/ ; http://niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/ ; http://morrowsunshine.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.bystephanielynn.com/ ; http://www.iheartnaptime.net/ ; http://www.flamingotoes.com/ ; http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com/
; http://sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.laughloveandcraft.com/ ; http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com/ ; http://www.remodelaholic.com/ ; http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/; http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ ; http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com; http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com ; http://kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.happyhourprojects.com/ ; http://www.homemakerinheels.com/ ; http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/; http://littlebighouseontheprairie1.blogspot.com/; http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/; http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com; http://todayscreativeblog.net/;http://twenty-eight-0-five.blogspot.com/; http://www.thegunnysack.com; http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com; http://athomewithk.blogspot.com/; http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com; http://space46.blogspot.com; http://www.itsoverflowing.com/; http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/; http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com; http://findingmywayintexas.blogspot.com/

25 comments:

aprilanecdotes said...

Love the new mantel decorating especially that green plate.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your new mantel decor looks wonderful! BTW....I wanted to invite you to stop by my blog. We are having an "impossibility" challenge for 2012!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

What a great idea to hang that pretty mirror! :)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Love it!! Thanks for linking up!

XO, Aimee

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I think the rustic box works - those cut outs are the nemesis!

Becca said...

It looks great! We rent too and are always debating with our landlord about decorating changes. We just have to make things as pretty as possible, right?

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

Looks great! Please stop by and share at my link party:

http://www.herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/01/fabulous-friday-8.html

Six Sisters said...

The mantel looks awesome! Very cute ideas! We would love to have you come share this at our weekly link party every Saturday! -The Sisters
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

Jen Migonis said...

Brooke, what a difference to have the mirror there and no wires etc. :) don't you love it when husbands go above and beyond like that? :) i'm your newest follower. check out my makeover project at www.migonishome.com

Charissa said...

Wow! What a difference! I like it a lot. Great work...and I wish you luck with your landlord to make more improvements.

Jennifer said...

Love the New Mantel! Thanks for linking up at Pinned it, Made it Fridays :) Can't wait to see what other Pinterest inspired awesomeness you come up with! :)

Chatty Chics said...

Ohhhh, so pretty! Please add me to your list! Come link up and show off to my group on Wednesday if you can!
Melody
ChattyChics.com

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

I was drawn to the green plate too---great texture!

simona said...

oh yes, much better! the mantle makes everything more stylish and cozy the way it is now!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

It takes your mantel to a new look, the mirror looks so much better on top, it dresses it up. How did you get the electrical above the dresser? I really like that green plate. Both the wreath and plate add a lot of texture. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best party!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your mantel is lovely- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

Thanks so much everyone! @ Cathy ~ Lucky for me, I have an electrician for a husband...I just let him do his thing :-)

chateau chic said...

Much improved! I totally understand why you wanted a pretty mantel display.
Glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

Ruth said...

We have a tv sitting on top of our mantle. There really isn't a better place in our living room for it. I really wish that I could move it elsewhere. Maybe someday. Yours looks wonderful.
Ruth

Toodie said...

Looks much better the way you have it now! Love that mirror and that green dish!

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas at Potpourri Friday!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Your mantel looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! Here's a link in case you want to register for my giveaway!

Ramsign Giveaway: Porcelain Enamel Sign {up to $99 value}

XO, Aimee

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Love the green plate! :)

Courtney said...

Awesome!!! I bet you're so happy about the change!
The cubby above the mirror will be great to change out different things as you get tired of them! The rustic box works great!!

The Button Factory said...

Great change. Thanks so much for sharing at Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

Warmly, Michelle

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