The Easy Way to Make New Corbels Look Old
I created a quick and easy DIY shelf for my eat-in kitchen with this easy way to make new corbels look old. A simple tutorial with stunning results!
This sad and lonely wall was screaming for something.
My mind rambled.
Would a piece of furniture fit in this teeny eat-in space?
Of course not!
Then, I stumbled upon this Recycled Wood Shelf from Antique Farmhouse, and fell in love with it!
It was perfect! But there was one issue!
The only issue was the price – right around $200. Yikes! So, yeah, that was too rich for my budget.
When we made over our Kitchen, we updated an old post with rough cut lumber.
I was gifted this perfectly aged piece of cedar that would be an excellent fit for a small shelf.
I was missing those old looking corbels, so I ordered these from Amazon for $29 for the pair!
Much more afforable, doncha think? So here’s how I made them look all old, chippy and crusty!
How to Make New Corbels Look Old
Corbels – you can find them at big box hardware stores or online.
Stain – use old stain you have one hand.
Craft Paint in various colors
To begin, I started by lightly sanding down the edges of the corbels. The idea is to make them look weathered, so the more distressed you can make it, the better.
Next, I applied a coat of stain. Use what you have on hand. You’ll only be using a small amount, but the idea is to darken the corbels.
I applied some dark walnut.
I applied it with lots of hits and misses. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Let that dry.
After that, I used a different stain to age it a bit more.
I had some weathered gray that I used for my Wall Mounted TV Cabinet left over.
Let that dry.
I filled in any unfinished wood with this stain to create a mottled effect.
After that, I used come craft paint in various places to make it seem as if it had been painted many times over the past 100 years.
I didn’t get a pic of the craft painted corbels, but just imagine a stained corbel with green, beige and gray spots like a dalmation and you’ve got it!
After that dried, I applied a coat of the crackle glaze.
After it sits for about an hour , you paint on your top color.
I painted mine white and watched the crackle finish appear almost immediately!
It’s so fun to watch!
After that fully dried, I then finished the corbels with antiquing glaze.
So here’s a side by side of the difference between the white and the antiqued corbel.
It just gives that aged look perfectly!
I let them sit for about 30 minutes and then hung them on my wall.
All in all, from start to finish, I would say these took 2 hours to complete including drying time.
This way to make new corbels look old is such an easy DIY that you can certainly try on your own!
Finally, I put the piece of cedar on top of my corbels.
Oh, and I love how it looks!
It’s like they were meant to be together! And all it cost was $30!
I gathered some decor items from around my home to adorn the small shelf.
It’s a perfectly understated piece for the room!
Hi Sammie! So glad you enjoyed these and that this post inspired you! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Love, love, love, these!!! I’m remodeling my greatroom now. I need corbels and I want to distress my pantry door. This is a perfect way to do it!!! Thanks!
Thank you Kristin!
I am in awe of this gorgeous DIY! They turned out so beautiful! Such a great idea for the space!!!
Thank you so much Cindy! I’m such a bargain hunter that I balk at most retail prices and try to replicate the item on my own. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!
This is a great project. $200 would be too much for me to spend on something I could create myself. Love this and the frame around the wreath is a super addition.
Enjoy the rest of your day