DIY Vintage Farmhouse Corbels

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DIY Vintage Farmhouse Corbels

I love corbels! They’re pretty and versatile and add so much character to a space. Whether they are part of your fireplace mantle, used as bookends, or adorning either side of a doorway, they add a touch of vintage beauty to any home.

Repurposed Farmhouse Corbels

We had these corbels leftover from when we redid our fireplace. Our house was built in 1972 and the corbels are original. But you can find vintage corbels at antique shops and online (try Etsy!) if you want to do this project!

After we started painting the brick we decided we didn’t want to keep the corbels attached to the mantle. Eric removed them and they’ve been sitting in storage ever since. Until now!

vintage corbels before

First, I asked Eric to remove the leftover nails. Then I sanded them down to remove the paint splatters from when they were still attached to the fireplace and we had started painting.

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After giving them a good wipe down they were ready for paint. I used some leftover antique white chalk paint I had on hand.

I painted in the direction of the grain and gave them both two coats. It took all of about 30 minutes since chalk paint dries so fast.

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After they were completely dry, I took my little sander and distressed the corbels along the edges to give it a more antique look.

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Another quick wipe down and they were ready to display!

vintage corbels

I’m not sure how I’ll style them yet, but I snapped a few pics with some old books and some of my other shelf decor. (I promise I dust. Every time I move those books, debris comes off of them and I forgot to swipe it away before taking this picture lol!)

vintage corbels after

I love how they turned out! And I love that I was able to repurpose something original to our home and give it new life.

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  1. I have a couple of corbels up in the attic I need to do something with. I love how you styled your corbels in your built ins. They look perfect.

    1. Thanks so much, Terrie! Can’t wait to see what creative thing you do with yours!

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