I envisioned a white, slightly chippy mantel that maybe has decorative touches like fancy molding or designs carved into the old wood.
Then I found this old vintage mantel at On A Whim in Lucketts, VA for $35, and had to have it :
I still might paint it white, but right now I am liking how the black contrasts with everything. Even though it has simple straight lines and no elaborate molding or carvings, I still really like it.
It has five old rusty hooks along the front. I can't wait to hang Christmas stocking from them! (Side note: Since we are currently in a heat wave with a heat index of 118 degrees, thinking about Christmas right now is refreshing!) That cute little metal bird was a find at Old Lucketts Store. I <3 it.
The vintage window pane is the one that I picked up from Community Forklift. I have been going back and forth about putting a painting here, but for now this chippy frame is just right.
On a similar note - one of my most favorite blog series is by Nibs Blog who did a Fireplace Mantel Series of 12 different and distinct ways to decorate the same fireplace mantel. The transformations are so amazing!
Here are just a few:
Unbelievably creative, right?? You need to check out Nibs' Blog!
And those are a few of my favorite things!