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How To Repurpose A Vintage Mantel – When You Don’t Have a Fireplace

We don’t have a fireplace in our farmhouse, however we have a vintage mantel that surrounded a faux fireplace in our previous home. Y’all know I get attached to my vintage finds and when we sold that house, I didn’t want to sell the mantel.

How to Repurpose a Vintage Mantel is a creative way to use a mantel when you don’t have a fireplace for it to surround or the space for a faux fireplace mantel.

In addition, you will see what to do with the left over pieces of the mantel. I’m a waste not kind of girl and every piece of the mantel was put to good use.

How to Repurpose a Vintage Mantel

Since we didn’t really have a place for the vintage mantel, I began looking for alternative uses for this piece. Since we had a large amount of space above our bed, we decided the mantel would make a great shelf.

In order to make the mantel into a shelf, it was necessary to cut the legs off. With a little maneuvering, we were able to chop the legs off with a miter saw.

We originally tried to hang it with the top of the mantel up. It just didn’t look great so we flipped it over. Ta Da! I was loving the upside down mantel.

Pinterest Challenge

In addition, I’m joining Cindy at County Road 407 for her Fall Mantel Pinterest Challenge. Each month Cindy and her guests use a Pinterest pin as inspiration for a blog post. Be sure to see the links to all the Fall Mantel inspiration at the end of this post. If you are popping over from Cindy’s creative post, I’m so glad you stopped by.

This month’s inspiration comes from Janelle Trinette lovely Fall Tour 2020.

Stablize a Vintage Mantel

Before we start to decorate the mantel, we were concerned about the stability of the old wood and decided before adding any weight to the shelf, it needed to be secure. Therefore, we added iron anchors to both ends of the mantel.

They were not only functional but added a decorative touch to the over all appearance of the mantel.

Fall Inspiration for the mantel

First, I didn’t want to completely change my color scheme for a Fall Mantel. Therefore, instead of the usual golds and rust colors, I decided to use some of my dried hydrangeas that still held a touch of blue.

I gathered my thrifted wooden candle sticks, old glass bottles and a couple of DIY projects to pull the mantel together.

I also added three mix matched old mirrors to reflect the beautiful blooms.

DIY Projects on the Vintage Mantel

One of my recent projects was an Easy Spray Paint Update on these old lanterns and I love how the copper looks for a warm fall touch.

Instead of adding a candle, I filled the lantern with faux pumpkins.

Last fall I shared How to Napkin Decoupage Pumpkins and these small blueish ones are a perfect accompaniment to the dried hydrangeas.

Props for varying heights

One way to assure your mantel decor is appealing is to vary the heights of your decor. This allows the eye to move around your vignette and is more pleasing.

I like to use vintage books to add height where needed. I have a good collection of blue books which were perfect for this display.

The muted blues and wood tones still work perfectly with the bedding and vintage dishes I added in the spring.

The blue euro shams from Piper Classics will continue to work in this room into the fall.

In addition, the Olivia quilt can be paired with other colors during the holidays. Even the DIY twig hydrangea arrangement works perfectly on top of the Flea Market Flip Chest.

What Happened to the Vintage Mantel Legs?

In order to use the legs, we built a cabinet for over the toilet. The legs were used for the side of the cabinet and shelves were added to hold the legs together.

Then a cabinet door that had previously been removed from our bathroom corner cabinet, was added to the front.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how we repurposed the vintage mantel and made use of the legs as well. Get ready for more mantel inspiration.

Continue on the Pinterest Inspiration Tour

Up next on the tour is Angie from Postcards From The Ridge. I know you will love her Fall Mantel Decor ideas.

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La Donna Sullivan

Monday 30th of August 2021

I enjoyed this video so much..Repurposing items is so clever. I hate waste & when you've repurposed an item that's so useful, it's a WIN WIN! Your mantle looks great over your bed!

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

La Donna, I appreciate this so much. You are always so supportive.


Friday 27th of August 2021

Oh, I love everything about this, Rachel. How clever! I'm pinning for sure!

Niky @ The House on Silverado

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Niky Thanks so much for your sweet compliments.

Kristin Lenz

Friday 27th of August 2021

Such a cute mantel! It looks perfect for fall!!

Friday 27th of August 2021

I really appreciate that Kristin.


Wednesday 25th of August 2021

That sign! Where did you find that? I'm pretty sure I need one.

Thursday 26th of August 2021

Pamela, I got that from House of Belonging several years ago. I'm not sure if she's still selling the finished signs. You can find her account on Instagram @houseofbelonging

Cindy Withers

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

I love this room. I want that headboard. Can you tell me what brand it is or where I can buy one. I really do love your taste!

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

And Cindy Thanks for your sweet compliments.

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Cindy, I purchased this bed many years ago. It's made by Drexel Heritage but I don't know the name.