DIY Corbels

I love the look of those old, chippy antique corbels, but I don’t love the price. I’ve been considering ways to add some architectural interests to this builder grade home and came across this DIY from Shanty2chic which I thought was pretty cool.  With a recent investment in a compound mitre saw and brad nailer I felt this would be a pretty easy beginner project to test my new tools.

I purchased this two pack of corbels from Home Depot for $16.


As you can see from the packaging the dimensions are only 8 1/2 X 6. I knew I wanted something larger. I had some scrap 1 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch boards and 1 1/2 inch by 1/2 boards left over from another project.

I basically held those up against the corbel to decide on length for the look I wanted and drew a pencil mark where I wanted to make the straight cut.


Then I cut the ends that would go out from the base of the corbel at a 30 degree angle with the mitre saw (you can see this piece was already painted from another project).  The measurement for the first two pieces was 7 1/2 inches for the piece across the top and 10 1/2 inches for the piece running down the side.

I made cuts to two more pieces of the scrap wood- this time 10 inches in length for the shorter piece to run across the top of the corbel and 12 3/4 inches for the side piece. I also angled those pieces on one end with a 30 degree cut.


I used wood glue to first attach the scrap wood to the corbel and then secured each length with 1 inch brad nails. Love my new brad nailer!!!!


Once the entire thing was glued and nailed together, I gave it a light sanding.


I didn’t worry about filling in the holes from the brad nailer because I knew I wanted them to look aged anyway.

I wanted to get a sense of size so I held one of the corbels up to a corner


I’m sure if you wanted to make them larger you could continue to add more pieces to the side. You may even add a wider board as your final piece.

Next I gave them each a coat of Minwax stain in dark walnut.


Yes, that is a well used can of stain.


The next step is a little more difficult. At least it was for me. You need to wait for the stain to dry completely. So I placed a fan on them to speed up the process but ended up waiting until the next day to paint. I wanted them to be COMPLETELY dry.


The next day I painted each corbel with chalk paint,as always with my faithful companion Tucker by my side.

I used three coats allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.


Again, I didn’t care about perfectly even coats because I knew I would be distressing.  I allowed those to dry overnight. I am usually not this patient, trust me.

The next day, I applied the clear wax in this same Folk Art brand you can purchase at any craft store like Michael’s or Joann’s. I took Tucker for a walk to allow the wax to dry.

Next, the fun part!!! I used the same hand sander pictured above and distressed all of the edges. The wax allows the paint to just roll away to get that nice aged look.


Of course, I’ll hang them eventually but for now I’m having fun moving them around adding them to vignettes!!




Just a few random thoughts and pictures

Ohio weather can be so gloomy but I came home a little early a couple of days ago-the sun was shining and reflecting off the snow on the ground outside. The house just seemed to say, “time to grab a few pics Chris.” I try to pick up my camera once a week or so and just practice.  These pics are the product of that practice. I would really love to take a photography class but there always seems to be something else that seems more important. Maybe one day……..

So I spruced up just a little corner of the house and snapped away.



I love decorating the fireplace mantel. I am not certain how many more restyles will be taking place on this particular mantel as there will be an inevitable move in my future so best to take as many pics as I can. There have been many, many good memories made around this fireplace and I will certainly miss it.



Love the silver pieces with the white candle sticks. The little pom and bell garland was from an after Christmas clearance at Target.


The first snow is always the prettiest in my opinion!


I recently made some new checked pillow covers. They’re reversible-one side is a soft flannel, they other is a checked cotton. I love doing this with pillow covers because it gives you more bang for you buck.


You can see the reversed flannel pattern here on the bed:

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And yes, I sort of move things around the house…a….lot.


Disclaimer: this final shot was NOT taken on my sunny day I first mentioned. This one was taken with artificial lighting because of another gloomy Ohio day but…..Roses brighten my winters.

And spring is just around the corner!!!

Take care and stop back,


More of my Christmas Home Tour-days 5 and 6

Are you feeling a little crunched for time like me? Today was pretty productive. But I’m still behind. I haven’t baked a single cookie. Not one. I do have a few Christmas presents wrapped. I hope you’re all doing better than me.

I did add a few Christmas touches to the master bedroom. I kept it pretty simple by changing out some of the pillows and adding some colorful throws.



I threw a bit of garland over the mirror that is above the bed. Simple.


And then of course, I like to restyle the little sitting area to one side of the room.


I wrapped a scarf around the tree base. No ornaments on the tree. Just lights and some pretty plaid ribbon.



If you look at this room in my post from the fall tour, you can see how just a few subtle changes really can change the look and feel of a room.




Next up is the mantle in the family room. I love decorating the mantle. So many options and so much fun during the holidays.


I wanted to keep the mantle uncluttered. So I just added some fresh cedar and kept a few of the candles, then added the garland. I wanted to do something different with the stockings so I gave this stick a little white wash to resemble birch and hung it from twine.



IMG_0996Some birch wood logs flank one side of the fireplace.


A candle and a couple of wrapped boxes (not real presents 🙂 placed on the other side.


The stockings were a gift to each of my children soon after their births. My mother cross stitched a different one for each of them.

Soon it will be Christmas Day!!

Take care,