Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"M" is for Mantel Makeover (& 2 found treasures)

Saltbox project: dining room mantel makeover

A new old repurposed mantel for the dining room that was part of the original house.

The existing mantel was probably installed around 1940 or sometime shortly thereafter when the dining room floor was redone along with the kitchen addition in '43.

As you can see it was small, shabby, wobbly and very unbecoming.

Along with the house came this wood beam (and 2 more like it), they were in the basement and this one had a label on it:

'part of the original corner post removed from kitchen area of peninsula'

In all honesty I don't think this post was original to the 1740 build (we have a few of those beams exposed in this house and they are MUCH, MUCH rougher) but I do believe this post was built into the home at one time and saved when the 1943 kitchen addition went on. 

So I repurposed the post as a mantel:

I can't take credit for hanging this one though.  My contractor friend's carpenter has been fixing some wood rot around the exterior doors and I asked if he would hang this post too.

You can see from below he used L shaped brackets installed into the wood backer board and then carved out a channel for the bracket to sit flush in the post:

I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should stain it but I'm leaning towards no.

The age and character is great on it's own:

And yes the dining room has been painted, Benjamin Moore simply white matte with semi gloss white trim.  I still have doors and a light fixture to finish before the full room reveal.

As for the 2 found treasures, when I removed the existing mantel I found an old key hole and a turquoise ring:

My girls immediately wanted to wear the ring but I cleaned it up and added it to the box of found treasures from this house.

I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Showoff @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now


  1. That mantle looks great and I love the fact that it has a story too. Your other treasures are beautiful as well, isn't that fun to discover something like that and wonder how and why it got there?

  2. love the rustic look! and i had a ring like that when i was a kid! too funny!

  3. Your new mantel looks great. I love the treasures you found. Your house is going to be so much fun to live in. :)

  4. I hope these are the first of many historical treasures you find during the renovation of your home. The new "old" mantel is much more fitting to your home. How lucky to have original wood beams saved for you!

  5. Love the size of the new mantel compared to the old one! And I love these treasures you're finding!

  6. Love it! Reminds me of mine except we used a tree from our property. I have to go and check out your treasures!