Thank you Suzanne of Colorado Lady for hosting Vintage Thingies. This is one party I don't think I'll run out of things to post about!! You can see a list of all the participants at: http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/
This week I'll tell you some more about that century old mantle that is in my library. My late husband and I got it on the way back from Florida on one of the few trips that we drove. Luckily we had a big van at the time.
We were antique dealers and had a small shop in Avon, OH. We stopped at numerous shops coming back but this place was sure nothing fancy! It was in Mt Airy, NC. In fact a lot of the "stuff" was outside in the weather and in heaps! We spotted a number of mantles just leaning up against trees etc. Old mantles, taken out of old century houses. We bought three of them! I don't even know how we managed to get them in the van! I knew right away I wanted to keep this one!
They were all painted mantles with the painting chipping away. But this one had this wonderful color. The other two were white.
I've been very careful not to chip any more of the paint away. This wooden rack is a tobacco drying rack. (repo) It is stuck on there pretty good so I didn't want to yank it off for the pictures.
I mentioned that this is from Mt. Airy, NC. That is the town that Mayberry is fashioned after in the Andy Griffith show. I'm going to watch some of those real early reruns more closely! See more about Mayberry here: http://www.visitmayberry.com/
A couple days ago I wrote a post on how I painted the insert to this mantle. (Tromp L'oeil) You can see it here: http://shirleys-world.blogspot.com/2010/01/little-tromp-loeil.htmlHope you enjoyed this. Please leave me a "Hey" : ))