Mantle Makeover

It’s beginning to feel like fall around our parts; just in time to head into Thanksgiving and right back out again.

I’ve been working indoors a little more, due to the cooler weather. This past week I redecorated my mantle.


I’m hoping to paint the fireplace and mantle white one of these days, but for now I’m just trying to carry the black/white/grey theme through where I can.


This wonderful pencil sign came home with me on a shopping trip for shop goodies. My husband actually liked it so much that we kept it and hung it under the mantle. The fireplace is in our schoolroom/office, so it’s a fitting item.


I found this sweet tin match holder for a song, and for now it’s sitting on top of the wood stove holding a small word card. I’m waiting on my husband to hang it up on the bricks for me.


This beauty was the same pot I shared in this post, and it stores our fireplace bellows. The bellows was a gift from the prior owner of our house. She actually mailed it to us a year or so after we moved in, and we later learned from our neighbor who kept in touch with her that she felt that it should be with the house. What a sweet gesture.



I propped up an old screen window that is a greyish, green color on the mantle. It has perfect, peely paint. This metal ribbon was another great find, and the majority of it went to the shop, but I had to keep some for myself. I finished out the garland with a rusty, old, doo-dad that I found somewhere.




My lighting is a little off. This is not a well-lit area and I am definitely not a photographer! The black box is an old ammunition box that I fell in love with at first sight. It’s residing upon a doily that my daughter just made for me. She is so talented!

Mr. Uncle Sam has moved from my kitchen cabinet to the mantle beside my sun dial. That’s another one of those items I had been wanting in my décor and was lucky enough to stumble upon one at a great price.

The 534 paper is someone’s long lost marathon number. I just like what it adds to the vignette.


This side houses a silver framed mirror I bought at Smitten, my Ikea pitcher, an Ironstone creamer, a stack of old Bibles and my awesome fan that still works!



The top Bible was my Dad’s.


This fan was found at an estate sale for practically nothing.


Don’t you just love great finds?

Joining with:

No Minimalist Here Open House Party Thursday

Creative Things Thursday at the Vintage Farmhouse

At the Picket Fence Inspiration Friday

Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday

French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

Redoux Interiors What Have You Redone Friday

Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays


  1. Lots of great stuff> I especially like the stacked Bibles, generations of faithfulness. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  2. Hi Shannon ... LOVE your mantel. Just the right amount of stuff to make it interesting. Love the old blue screen as a backdrop.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

  3. Shannon, Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. What wonderful finds! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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