Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I need mantel help! Call a decorating therapist!

Yes, I said it. I need help with my mantel. I hate what I have on it. I just can't seem to "get it" Here is my mantel now:

I bought the piece setting there about 3 weeks ago and absolutely love it. However, my husband insists that we have to have something fits inside the arch. I completely disagree and think we should have something larger and leaning on the mantel.

So, when in doubt, go to Hobby Lobby . I was perusing these clearance shelves and found these:

Just a bunch of mismatch candle sticks. My vision was to paint them all black and put them on my mantel. Here is my vision in progress:

I just don't know. Maybe once they are all the same color it'll look better? I feel like I am trying to cram these on the mantel and have I mentioned how much I hate the arch?


Blayne said...

Wow that arch really limits you. It seems like it would work better if it was larger. I don't have any brilliant ideas but if one strikes me I will let you know! Thanks for your comment about my design dog. She is definitely good at getting underfoot. When I was doing my living room redo and moving furniture, she was with me every step. Too bad she wasn't helping!

Averill said...

I think your instinct to lean something against the arch is right's too small for the size of the fireplace. I do like all your candle sticks and I think painting them all matte black could be fun.

Maybe find a large antique mirror that you can lean up against the wall to hide the arch? Since brass is unpopular right now, you can get a really nice large mirror w/ a brass frame on the cheap (try Goodwill or Craigslist) and just paint it white.

Kristina said...

Thanks for the comment Blayne. The call Doberman's the "Velcro Dog" So true..

Thanks for the advice Averill. I primed the candlesticks last night and plan on painting them this weekend. *Hopefully* they'll turn out great and I'll have a new mantel! Great suggestion. I think I'm going to hit Goodwill on my lunch break and see what treasures I can find.

Artsy Fartsy said...

I agree with Averill - what she described was my first thought, too. If you or your hubby is handy, you could always plaster/drywall over the spot. Then, you can hang whatever you want, wherever you want!