Rustic Fall Mantel

Happy Fall! Today I am sharing my rustic fall mantel with you.

I hope you are enjoying the crisp air and sunny days. I know our family is here in WI. It is a magical time of year when Mother Nature starts painting another beautiful canvas.

rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina

With the cooler temperatures in the evenings, comes the desire to cozy up to the fireplace.

Unfortunately, we do not have a working fireplace.

When we first moved into our home, we did have one.

But, it didn’t work and we had to make a decision. We either invest in a new fireplace or a large picture window to let in more natural light to our living room.

The decision was to go with more natural light in the space.

I don’t regret it for one minute…

…but, I still wanted to have the feeling of a fireplace in our living room. Who wouldn’t?

So, we created a faux fireplace mantel and I am here to show you how I decked it out this fall!

Introducing my rustic fall mantel

rustic fall living room mantel by dandelion patina

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My inspiration for this rustic fall mantel came from these pillows that I picked up at TJ Maxx. These pillows are very similar.

The colors are deep rust, olive green, light blue, gold, and dark brown. The color scheme reminded me of what I see outdoors.

Above the mantel, I started with a dark green piece of vintage wainscoting I found at an antique store.

I loved the distressed finish and old charm.

rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


Luckily,this summer I found an old windmill. I knew I didn’t want to use it outdoors as is, so I had the hubby disassemble it into three separate pieces. The windmill blades were added to the wainscoting as my starting point.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


My favorite candle holders flank the windmill blades. A vintage squirrel & nut canister was added. These vintage label canisters would look perfect on the mantel and they can be used in the kitchen after fall decorating.


chunky wood candle holder for fall


vintage squirrel nut canister


And a cute little distressed pumpkin adds that extra special touch.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


cotton boll picture frame by dandelion patina


Freshly painted white vintage picture frames were added. Pieces of cotton were strung to float within the frame. Nothing says rustic like cotton boll and galvanized letters.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina
I always try to add an element or two of the unexpected. This is why I used a few vintage incubator trays to decorate the empty white space of the fireplace. The space wouldn’t be complete without a galvanized metal suitcase turned on its side.


rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina


With this rustic fall mantel to inspire you, even if you can’t enjoy a real fireplace in your home. Stage a faux fireplace to look just as inviting….

…you will just need a few extra blankets to stay warm instead!

If you are looking to create this look, I have curated a few options for you below.


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Looking for more inspiration? Hop over to my fall tablescape and my scrappy industrial pumpkins!

Enjoy your day,

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  1. I Love your mantel, faux or not. The design of it is very nice and with all your wonderful chotzkes it’s stupendous. My eye went right to that windmill, awesome, one of a kind. lucky gal. I really enjoy different elements on a display of any kind. Yours is fantastic. And incubator trays? another awesome element.
    Love name of your blog, so cute.
    We don’t have a mantel but do have a shutter shelf we made to take place of mantel. I have such a good time decorating it for seasons and holidays. Just kind of threw some stuff up on it for Fall but need to redress it a bit. Have to be in right state of mind. Happy days

  2. There is so much to love about this mantel! I think I’m in love with those galvanized letters and the cotton bolls most of all! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Best of the Weekend again this week!
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  3. Ahhh I love this so much! When we buy our own house, a ton of natural light is 10000000% must have and to be honest I don’t really love actual fireplaces…but I love mantels! This is the most perfect solution! You’re a genius! 🙂
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