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Vintage Fireplace Mantel Install & Decorating Ideas

Vintage Fireplace Mantel Easy Install & Decorating Ideas

February 16, 2019


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.












 I just luv how this mantel really warmed up this space and adds so much hygge.  I will be updating and changing this space regularly for sure.  Join me on Instagram to see more!

I am now on the hunt for a vintage fireplace screen or the like, that will fit into the empty space where a fire normally would be.  Let me know in the comments below if you have any fun ideas for this space!!


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Hey there, friend! I'm Ann, and welcome to our little red farmhouse ranch in the green mountains of Vermont and our newly inherited coastal maine raeside-dame home! I love creating & sharing fresh ideas that will help to enhance any home Decor with DIY projects and thrifty ideas that showcase a cozy and fun vintage style. Including a few other things that I luv to "Dabble" in!  

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