So literally last week I came home to a vintage cast iron mantle sitting in my garage. My husband had done some wheeling and dealing via Facebook Marketplace and snagged this beauty for $120!!! I couldn’t believe it…I had a mantle! I had been swooning over perfectly styled, chippy mantles for years just dreaming of the day I would have my own!
What we had before wasn’t terrible. It too was a gift from the hubby several years ago. I had seen a few different paint jobs and really I had just migrated away from that style in our living space.
When we moved the old fireplace out we decided to give this wall a fresh coat of paint. I used Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. The white gave it a more crisp vintage farmhouse feel.
Once dry, it was time to bring our “old mantle” to its new home! It is solid cast iron and oh my goodness….so.heavy.
I adore using old pieces like this. It adds instant character to an otherwise cookie-cutter room.
Once the mantle was secured in place it was time for the fun part…decorating!
I opted for a more conservative look for now. The truth is, I have never had a mantle to style. I have read all the tutorials and saved all the ideas on Pinterest but I have to admit it was/is a challenge when working with a TV as the centerpiece. I tried to do-away with having a TV all together but we gave up the fight about 2 days in. Kids and a busy life call for entertainment…no shame.
Needless to say, the TV is back above the mantle and now I have a whole new idea for a shiplap feature to frame it in….but that’s a story for another day.
For now, I get to enjoy learning how to style a vintage mantle! The simplicity of the pumpkins in different shapes, colors and textures mixed with a bit of garland gave it a natural vibe that coordinates well with my Natural Fall Tablescape.
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