You know how you see something for sale and you think to yourself, I could pay $24.95 a piece for those.
It would be easier.
And then something kind of clicks and you realize that you don’t have to.
You could make those for a few bucks.
Maybe even with scrap wood from other projects and paint you already have.
Welcome the simple diy corbel.
I kind of have a thing for corbels right now, they are my jam.
I have this spot where the long dining room flows into the front living room. The front living room is my fave space to be. It is the only room with super high ceilings in our 1970’s mid-century modern home.
We have added a lot of our own style while still trying to keep much of our home’s original vibe.
Lots of paint, wood floors, white-washed shiplap fireplace surround, and a wood wrapped beam at the peak with exposed electrical.
Add a whole bunch of baskets, swivel chairs, and a mix of vintage and modern and this is our home.
I saw corbels very similar to these online and thought I might just order them.
But Troy likes to make stuff (yes this is very convenient and I try to not make the hey can you make/fix/build this list too long) 🙂 and he gave them a go.
These are actually leftover bed rails from a dismantled bunk bed. He ripped the pieces down to 2″ x 5″ size for the top and back. For each corbel the top piece was 14.5″ long and the vertical piece 16″ long. The angled piece we cut to 17″ end at 40 degrees and the other at 50 degrees as we wanted the bottom of the corbel a bit longer.
The ends we rounded off a bit and used a wire wheel on our drill to create some lines and texture.
I painted them with an off-white paint and sanded them until I felt like they could of come off an old porch.
They just just the perfect amount of architectural interest in this spot, I just love them!
They were very quick to make, the longest part being the time for the paint to dry!
I don’t know about you but when the world is crazy and there is so much uncertainty around us home is where I like to be. I always want this little spot of the web to be uplifting and encouraging, and that wont change. But for all of us I wish for some peace. That we would look at our own hearts and choose grace and kindness to be our creed. That we would help a stranger, hold a door, pay for someone’s coffee, smile when we don’t have to. The power of being kind and doing the right thing costs us nothing but the difference it makes cannot be measured.
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