Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Vintage Mantle from Mayberry!

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.html
Hope you enjoyed this. Please leave me a "Hey" : ))
Shirley

23 comments:

  1. What delightful and interesting post. Loved seeing and hearing the story behind your vintage mantle.

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  2. I like the paint on your mantle.

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  3. I did enjoy the post very much. The mantle is great but what you have done with it is even better!

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  4. This looks gorgeous ... and I love your chair. I'm looking for something exactly like it myself.

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  5. I loved your post and your mantle. How wonderful that it came from Mayberry, so to speak, and what fun it would be to visit there. Happy VTT..

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  6. It fits in the room very nicely. I like the tobacco rack, repro or not, it looks good.

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  7. What a very cool mantle, and what a wonderful treasure you found. Glad you decided to keep it.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  8. I love your "Mayberry" mantle! The color is so beautiful, and it's so perfectly chippy. The birdy picture over the mantle is great too!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  9. I just showed this to my husband and he was concerned about the wood of the mantle and surround being so close to the fire box. Ha, ha. Fooled him didn't we?

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  10. oh how i love old mantle pieces and yours is magnificent!..i especially love the distressed patina and those sweet little pegs at the front are adorable!

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  11. Your mantle is great, love the little pegs.
    Sandy

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  12. Oh wow, thats fabulous! What a great job! Happy vtt!

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  13. Love it! It looks spectacular with all your other things, too.

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  14. Your 'This Old House' should be featured on HGTV! It's wonderfully antique and the mantle is perfectly painted or not painted. Great job! Enjoyed your post and your House so much. This is my first VTT and I hope you'll stop by and see my Head Vases...they aren't quite as old as your house or mantle, but they are quite unique.

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  15. Wonderful mantle...love the story of how you got it.

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  16. That is a beautiful mantle. Your house looks gorgeous as well! Thanks for sharing

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  17. I love your mantle - what a find. I've always been fascinated by Tromp L'oeil and even bought a book on it back in my painting years. You did a really good job - had me fooled.

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  18. Shirley...I love the mantle. How gorgeous!! We are big Mayberry fans here :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  19. So that's where the mantle came from!!! How special!

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  20. Beautiful mantle, I saw one of these in a magazine not too long ago, and yours looks almost identical. Lovely post. Happy VTT!

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  21. What a great mantle. It looks great with your trompe l'oeil painting.

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  22. I love your mantle! And I am so jealous that you actually got to Mt. Airy, NC. I have always wanted to go there for just that reason - The Andy Griffith Show. BTW- from the peeks at your decorating, I like your style.
    Mary Lou

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