Recycled Vintage Mantle


I looked for a large shelf to put above the couch in my basement media room for a long, long time.
So I was thrilled when I ran across the top of a vintage mantle at Susanna’s in Raleigh, NC for the incredible price of $10!  This bad boy is at least 60″ long and about 14″ tall.

The mantle was in rough shape and had who knows what kind of paint flaking off of it.  I sure didn’t want to lose the patina, but I was concerned that the paint might be lead based, so I sealed it with Minwax Polycrylic sealer.
I added hooks to the bottom facing so that I could hang fun things – like a fishing basket and a wreath and anything else that I can think of.  😉
The top of the mantle is filled with all sorts of goodies that I’ve been collecting for a while.
Notice my diy oil painting of two boats?  hahaha
Everybody that was in a paint class that I took painted the same exact scene.  I was bound and determined that I was going to find a place for it somewhere.
But the main thing that I want you to notice is my new bff named Tuck.
Yes, he really is named Tuck.  Barb has his cousin, Buck.
I might have jumped up and down as soon as Pookie hung him on the wall.

He knows how much I love him – he winks at me every time I walk down into the basement.  😉

Tuck came from one of my most favorite online shopping sites:
Barb’s shop is filled with drool worthy farmhouse accessories and furniture.
Her prices are great and the customer service can’t be beat!

To celebrate the addition of Tuck to my media room, Barb is giving away this great chalkboard.  I have one of these and love it.  It can be used so many different ways.  I’ve used it in tablescapes, as part of a vignette, as a backdrop – you’re only limited by your imagination.

Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. LOVE buck!!! He fits right in. AND your painting is wonderful!!!! Kudos to you! Thanks to you and Barb for the giveaway.

  2. Buck sends his greetings and is happy his cousin, Tuck, is fairing so well. 🙂 I remember when you bought this mantel at Suzanna’s and how happy you were that it was only $10!!!! It could not have turned out prettier. I love all your decorative details, and you did not tell me you were an “artiste.” 🙂 Thanks for the shout out for my shop and also for allowing to do a giveaway. Love you LB2. xxoo

  3. Patty Wiles says:

    Good morning! Oh how I would love to have that chalkboard! Love your mantle find Suzy!

  4. Tuck looks very much at home there, Suzy! Love the shelf, and I have fond memories of SuZanna’s! 😉 xo Thanks for hosting and to Barb, too!

  5. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Oh that Tuck looks great above that gorgeous mantel top…I remember when you snagged that great deal at SuzAnna’s…looks great over the sofa….Great giveaway!!

  6. Laura @ Top This Top That says:

    At least your BFF can’t wear your clothes! Just love your boat pic too!! Posted your giveaway!

  7. Audra Bender says:

    new fan and friend, love the chalkboard, thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Great find with the shelf!! Love Tuck too. And would love to own the Chalk Board to add to our decor…

  9. I would love the chalkboard. Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. That’s a beautiful chalkboard!


  11. Suzy, Love the mantel, what a deal. Tuck is adorable and I love the fact that he is NOT real. Thanks for the giveaway. xoGinger

  12. I love Tuck, AND the amazing vignette you created around him with that incredible mantel! I love all of the colors that you used, Suzy! LOVE! And, what a cool chalkboard … AND, you’re an artist, too?! I’m not surprised ONE bit … fantastic job!

  13. Robin bonvino says:

    Just love your new shelf, the perfect size and an amazing price. So many different uses for that chalkboard. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  14. Love the new shelf and, of course, you have staged it perfectly. Tuck is definitely “a cutie”. Thanks for sharing your new project!

  15. This mantel top looks great with all the chippieness and the hooks were a clever idea. I do love your buddy Huck.


  16. Your new “mantel” looks great, Suzy! I like the hooks and all the things (including Tuck) that you’ve added to it. Love this give-away!

  17. Quiltnwoman says:

    I have always loved a chalkboard or a white board to add sentiments. Or to have people leave some for you at a party. Loved the vintage mantle and Tuck the buck.

  18. Peppermint_Patt says:

    Tuck and Buck are both hotties!

    Cute mantel.

    Do you hire yourself out?

    My house is decidely undecorated due to my indecision.

    Fun post~!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I love the chalkboard!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Your new “old” shelf is wonderful!