Giving New Corbels a Vintage Touch

Hi Buddies!!! First off, this wisdom tooth mess is no joke, but thankfully it’s giving me a little time to chill out and relax. I felt better today, so I decided to work on a set of mahogany corbels I picked up from Bargain Hunt a couple of weeks ago.

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I picked up two of these for $3/each with the intention of using them for a shelf above my headboard in my bedroom. However, I didn’t want to keep the plain wood look, so I decided to chalk paint them.

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This is the paint I used (and it’s been used once or twice before if you can’t tell 😉 ) but it does a good job. It’s a multi-surface acrylic chalk paint in the color “parchment”. I believe it’s from Michael’s, but Hobby Lobby or Joann’s probably sells it too.

I put a layer on each corbel, and I didn’t worry about covering every square inch because I knew I’d be distressing them anyway.

If you were looking to have them a solid color (with no distressing), I’d suggest sanding them a bit and then spray painting to get a more even coverage.

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As you can see, I didn’t paint the backs because they’re going to go against the wall, and I didn’t want to try to avoid the parts where the nails go.

After they dried, I used some large grit sand paper to “rough them up” a bit, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

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Now, I’m looking for a board to put across the top for a shelf, but I thought I’d god ahead and grab some of my vintage book collection to who show you how they could be styled as bookends.
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Stay tuned for what happens regarding the shelf situation, and, as always thanks for stopping by the blog!!!

One thought on “Giving New Corbels a Vintage Touch

  1. Pingback: DIY Farmhouse/Cottage Style Shelf | Dylan Kade's

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