Asked on Sep 20, 2014

What should I do with this old mantel?

by Robin
I'm thinking of making the bottom into a headboard or a bookcase (and painting it). And actually taking the top apart and making it into a big mirror and the maybe a shelf?? I'm not sure. It doesn't fit in my house at all - I salvaged it for a Victorian in San Francisco. I'd love to hear ideas.
  7 answers
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Sep 21, 2014
    It's gorgeous. Would sell it rather than dismantle it or paint it. Even if it doesn't match your style, you could use it as a feature in your décor to create "tension"..
  • Robin Robin on Sep 21, 2014
    I tried - nobody wants to buy it! I would like to keep original parts together, but that's apparently not practical here. So I would like to give it as much life as it can have. I think I will keep the mirror part. But find a use for the columns. Maybe as lamps? More importantly, I don't know about the bottom. A headboard would be nice but it seems like everyone is doing that. What else is there? A bookcase?
  • Jane Jane on Jan 06, 2015
    Do you have a ReStore for Habitat for Humanity or an Architectural Salvage store? It would be a crime to tear this beautiful thing apart.
  • Sandra Walker Sandra Walker on Jan 09, 2015
    I think that it would make a beautiful shelf somewhere, even if you had to repaint it. Or if you have a little girl, hang it above her bad and let her hang things from it. That's for the middle part. For the other part, you're right, it would be beautiful to use as lamps. I know you said that you would like to keep it together, but sometimes you get the most good out of something when you separate it. Good Luck on your decision.
  • Heidi Heidi on Jan 11, 2015
    Just saw this post while looking around and fell in love with the idea...
  • Heidi Heidi on Jan 11, 2015
    Hope the photo comes thru to show you the idea.... :)
  • I've seen people turn the mirror portion upside down so the bottom moulding becomes a shelf. It's very lovely.