Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shabby Corbel Shelf Project





I found a pair of old corbels at my local antique mall.  I added some boards, molding, and hooks to create a shabby shelf for my dining room.






I used my miter saw to cut  molding to frame a 1x12 board.  The board can be any length that works for your space.  Mine is 44 inches and I had Lowe's cut it for me.



I used Gorilla wood glue around the edges and then adhered the molding.  I have a hard time hammering in the finishing nails while holding the molding, so I let the glue dry and the molding stays put while I nail.



This is how the board looked after putting on the molding and filling the cracks with spackling.




Painted it white and sanded the edges...





Used more Gorilla glue to hold the corbels...
(Oops! I better catch those drips.)




And added a 1x4 board between the corbels.



I attatched the board with glue and mending plates on the back. I screwed in hooks on the front of the board, painted it white, and dry brushed the entire shelf with gray paint to blend with the corbels.  And it looks like this.




  It was a bit of work, but I think it was worth it.



33 comments:

  1. I love it- It looks like its an antique from Belgium or France. Great job!

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  2. It's beautiful and you made it look so easy. I've been wanting to make a similar shelf for my living room, but I know it can't be as easy as you make it seem!! (at least for me anyway) Great shelf!

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  3. Great job on the shelf. You did a flawless job painting that piece to match the corbels.
    Jane

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  4. Oh great job! Totally worth it, looks fabulous!

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  5. What a great looks! The new and old mixes so well! I just purchased a 1949 fixer-upper and may have to try this somewhere in the home..humm...my wheels are spinning!!

    www.thekeltonscozycottage.blogspot.com

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  6. WOW! That turned out cute:)
    I am following, I hope you will follow back:)
    Ma21cuteboy

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  7. Very nice! ... and I'm always envious of those that have the courage to use "real" tools!

    xo
    Jill

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  8. I love this...and that you made it yourself makes it even more beautiful! Thanks for showing the step-by-step for us visual people :O)

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  9. those look so aged and beautiful. Love it!

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  10. wow~ it looks so awesome!! You did an excellent job!!!

    Shellagh

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  11. Gorgeous shelf! I love the corbels. You did a great job!

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  12. A beautiful project! I love it! Mine is so boring next to yours!

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  13. Wow that turned out really nice!! Great Job.

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  14. Most definitely worth it! I just love old corbels, you've really highlighted them with this project!

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  15. I'm so impressed with your diy skills- it looks great!

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  16. Wonderful - love the shelf1 You did a great job!

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  17. Love it! Love it! I love how you made the whole thing look so old..

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  18. It looks wonderful, i love the way you aged the whole thing, love it...I am a new follower , come for a visit

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  19. Very cute- love those corbels!! They are so hard to find where I live. Super job and super cute!

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  20. love it!!
    shabby, white, corbels...
    what's not to love. =0))

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  21. Very well done! Love the corbels. I wish I had more time to play with my miter saw.

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  22. GREAT job--
    I have a blog party--Its So Very Creative--hope you will post this--


    Your new follower
    Cheri

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  23. I do love those corbels - this is darling!

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  24. The little shelf looks great and seems like a fun "crafty" project to do!

    I love taking on these type of projects and creating a unique piece of "art" for my home. I've found that corbels have many great uses. If you invert two corbels you can create some very pretty book holders for your home. Give it a shot.

    Love the shelf.

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