Vintage Christmas Shelf

I have been finishing up our basement for Christmas and I thought I would share our shelf vignette.

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The main focus point is our amazing N.H. Maple Syrup sign that my amazing Betty – Kathy, found for me a while back at the Brimfield antiques show.  She called me from the show, told me what it was and what she had negotiated the price to.  It was a very quick and enthusiastic yes!

My husband grew up on a dairy farm that makes maple syrup – in New Hampshire.  We now make syrup in our neighborhood here in NY and it is one of the best times of the year for us – filled with lots of time with family and friends.

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I have a thing for old tool boxes and this weathered green one is one of my favorites.  I filed in with a garland folded up to fit inside and then I added a few pinecones to fill it up.

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I made two stars from folding tape measures.

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I used an old wagon wheel, a vintage fishing net, and a old small ladder to layer the back.

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Finally I filled in the front with some more greenery, some vintage crystal door knobs, pine cones, another old folded tap measure, grapevine balls and some crystal snowflake stars.

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I really like the contrast of it being on the modern lines of bracket less shelf.  Our basement has a definite more modern feel to it, but still has a vintage and rustic mix to it as well.

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I will share the rest of our Christmas basement soon.

I will be sharing this post at some of the link parties found here.

And even though it is not technically a mantel, I will be sharing at Rhoda’s Mantel party

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17 thoughts on “Vintage Christmas Shelf”


  1. Love your vintage mantel! Your syrup sign is fabulous! Stopping by from Rhoda’s party. Hope you’ll visit The Corson Cottage. I would love if you would share this at our { Home for the Holidays} link party every Friday in December. I’m following along now too.

  2. Oh my mercy! I love it. I have one of those old wooden tool boxes. I would LOVE to have that tiny ladder and some old folding tape measures. I’ve looked everywhere for the tape measures, to no avail.

  3. That Maple Syrup sign is perfect! How fun to have found it, love the complete vignette. I’m a tool box fan, myself! Hope you’ve made it over to Vintage Inspiration Friday, just popped in from Show and Tell! xo