I have loved the look of vintage mantels for always!  Once we painted our walls and began to refresh the spaces, I found a perfect place for one in our dining room.  I thought a vintage fireplace mantel would really warm up the space, give me a pallet to decorate with, and it would be a piece that would add character and not take up too much floor space.

Here is The Dining Room Before

Dining Room before Faux Vintage fireplace Mantel

I scoured our local antique and consignment shops and local online marketplaces first.  I wanted a fireplace mantel that I could refinish if I decided to and one that wasn’t too heavy or deep for the space.  This was the challenge.  Many vintage mantels are very large and heavy.

I found one I loved in Connecticut on Facebook Marketplace.  I saw that it had been posted for a while, so I was able to get a pretty good deal on it.  The dimensions were just right.  So off we went to buy it!

Antiquing a vintage mantel

It took an hour and a half to secure it to the roof of the car…

Here is the vintage mantel when we first brought it into the house.  It still needed to be installed onto the wall.  I decided quickly that I didn’t need to do a thing to it!  I loved it exactly how it was with the light blue-green touches and distress.  Someone obviously had already put a lot of love into this!!

Faux Vintage Fireplace Mantel in the Dining Room

Easy Vintage Fireplace Mantel Installation

Installation was simple, too. We mounted two Phillips head screws into the wall, one for each side of the vintage mantel. Then we placed a hook on each side of the mantel and used wire to secure the hook onto each screw.

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Vintage Fireplace Mantel Easy Install & Decorating Ideas
Vintage Fireplace Mantel Install & Decorating Ideas

I layered some old salvaged windows that I found in Maine while out Thrifting with the Gals this past summer.

You may enjoy the post, 16+ Easy Salvaged Window Decorating Ideas.

Vintage Fireplace Mantel Easy Install & Decorating Ideas

Here are more ideas to style a vintage mantel that you may also enjoy:

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Vintage Fireplace Mantel Install & Decorating Ideas
Vintage Fireplace Mantel Easy Install & Decorating Ideas
Vintage Fireplace Mantel Easy Install & Decorating Ideas
Dining Room with Vintage Mantel

The dining room table, chairs, curtains, and ceiling light are all from Pottery Barn a few years ago.

Dining Room with Mantel
Vintage Fireplace Mantel Easy Install & Decorating Ideas
Vintage Fireplace Mantel Install and Decorating Ideas

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  1. Melanie Pena says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this installation tip. I had some seriously complicated and not well working plans, and this worked soooo much better. And love the display you shared. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You are so welcome, I’m so glad it worked for you. This was a while ago too and it’s still on there sturdy!