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Vintage Fireplace Mantel Easy Install & Decorating Ideas

I have luved 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 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:

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 luved in Connecticut thru 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!

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 luved it exactly how it was with the light blue-green touches and distress. Someone obviously had already put a lot of luv into this!!

Easy Vintage Fireplace Mantel Installation

Hover and click on photo for details and slideshow of wall mounting.

I layered some vintage windows that I found in Maine while thrifting this past summer and I found the white paper flowers at Anthropologie while shopping in Connecticut over Valentine's Day.

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My mother's antique pewter pitcher and candles with leftover Valentine's Day flowers.

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

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Styled by Ann,

in Vermont

Hi, I'm Ann!

Welcome to Dabbling & Decorating, a home & vintage decorating blog.  I luv sharing decorating tips, vintage and thrift store finds, DIY projects, and antiques from winters in Vermont to summers renovating our coastal Maine family home. And our berner, Ella who pops in from time to time...  I'm so thrilled you stopped by today and hope you will become a regular here at Dabbling & Decorating! 

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