I finally put my corbels to good use. For the longest time they have been laying around the house waiting to be transformed into a mantle but it was clear that project wasn't going to be happening anytime soon. I hated that they weren't being displayed in my home and then it dawned on me....I also hate the bookshelf that acts as our entryway table.
It was dark, heavy and cheap looking. Plus I hated having all those cooking books there....it just didn't look good. So I batted my eyelashes and asked my talented husband if he could hang my corbels on the wall and make a shelf to hold our mail and keys.
These projects are never as easy as you think they will be. It was surprisingly hard to figure out a way to hang the corbels without destroying their appearance so they could hold a really heavy piece of wood and other knick-knacks.
The hubby did great though. I love the look of this shelf. It is exactly what I wanted it to be. Fresh, light, open and fun.
The corbels were a gift from my mom. Antique corbels can be very expensive ($50-$100 per corbel) but since these were a gift this project was relatively inexpensive. We bought a nice thick and solid 2x12 piece of wood, stained it with Minwax's Polyshades. I have never used this stain and polyurethane before and it worked great. By the time I finish staining something the last thing I want to do it give it a coat of poly. I am so impatient so it was great to have it all done in one step and it really looks amazing. In total this project came to about $20. Of course it would have been more if the corbels weren't a gift.