Hey there! Happy Monday! I hope you got to enjoy some beautiful weather this weekend! It was SO nice here. We had family pictures on Saturday and couldn’t ask for better weather! The kids carved pumpkins in the garage and I worked on a new fun and simple DIY project making over some vintage corbels!
Distressed Vintage Corbels
We had these corbels left over from when we redid our fireplace. You can read about that process here. 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. My hubby removed them and they’ve been sitting in storage ever since. Until now!
First, I asked my hubby 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.
After giving them a good wipe down they were ready for paint. I used some leftover antique white chalk paint I had on hand. To read my tutorial on using chalk paint, go here.
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.
After they were completely dry, I took my little sander and distressed the corbels along the edges to give it a more antique look.
Another quick wipe down and they were ready to display!
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!)
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.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post and follow me on social media!
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