I have been looking at this dresser mirror salvage piece at Jackson's Icebox Antiques & Collectibles for a couple of years now. I knew the piece was large, and the only place it would work was on my mantel.
But I turned 60 last week, and I guess I thought, what am I waiting for if I like it? And I took the plunge and purchased it.
My last mantel was plates, old frames and my favorite old print in the center.
Another oil painting by the fireplace, painted by a local artist, was a favorite but I just never liked the brassiness of the gold frame.
So, one of my friend's helped me add another ornate, vintage white frame to the outside of the garish frame. This toned it down some, but I still wanted to paint it.
So when I finally decided to lose the gold all together and paint the frame, I used Walnut Noyer acrylic paint and then ASCP in Old White. I was careful not to get the chalk paint into all of the grooves!
I also got rid of the big "C" and opted for a bunk bed ladder purchased at a garage sale painted in Old White. The bunk bed ladder was actually in the old 1950's blonde wood stain color. It's a perfect size for displaying linens.
So here is the whole new mantel/fireplace area. The pedestal drawer plant stand is one of my favorite repurposes and the project details can be found in my blog's right side bar.
I love this new look. Still vintage, but lighter and brighter!
What do you think?