Now you see it, soon you won’t! ??

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…my mantle that is! I’m not sure it has even earned the right to be called a mantle so let’s call it a “mantle shelf”, okay?

Do you have a spot in your home that bugs you every time you catch sight of it? I do. Okay I have a few, in all honesty, but one of the worst has got to be my living room fireplace wall. I love having a fireplace in the living room. I like the ambiance and the extra heat in the winter. It just makes it cozy and homey to me. I said fireplace. Like I literally like the little black square that has the faux logs and gets all hot! The rest as you pan out a bit is horrible! Embarrassing even! Wanna see? You know you do!

What did I tell you? It’s not even as bad as it was when I moved in! That picture is being saved for the Extreme Makeover : Fireplace Edition! ? So much for a feature you want to bring attention to by decorating! Now I KNOW the shelf is too narrow for the width of the wall so don’t bother sending me messages to tell me that. It’s better than absolutely nothing so that’s what I’m working with for now!

I purposely kept it simple because I’m hoping to be starting this makeover within the next week or so. This gives me less to take down when I start! I used my favorite thrifted find to date – my corbel! I love that thing! Here I’ve paired it with a few lengths of old weathered wood, a garage sale candle or cupcake stand, and a dried hydrangea from my garden. Throw in a jingle bell from the Dollar Tree and a burlap pumpkin from Dollar Tree and we’re almost there! The Welcome metal cutout is from a pack of 3 I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while ago. The adorable little vintage oil can is from a dear friend!

On the other side of the shelf I paired a vintage blue glass Ball canning jar with a fall pick I got last year from Walmart. The reclaimed wood behind it is actually a little decor stand I made but here I’ve stood it up on its end for some texture. The candle and the simple gold candle plate just add a little cozy touch to a very simple vignette.

Have I mentioned that I like this corbel? I mean, a LOT? ? I think it’s approaching obsessed.

Now are you as excited to see my fireplace makeover as I am to do it? I hope so! Keep checking back….

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