Mini Corbel Shelf | Beginner Easy DIY

Mini Corbel Shelf | Beginner Easy DIY

Hello, my creative friends! I’ve always fancied the beautiful architecture of old buildings, especially those amazing vintage corbels. But how do I incorporate that look into my home decor without spending a fortune? Here is one way… mini corbels! They’re small and affordable and make great shelves as well as home decor. You’re gonna want to try this beginner, easy DIY home decor project.

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Mini Corbel Shelf | Beginner Easy DIY

Hey, I get it; not everyone is comfortable around power tools. I was fortunate to grow up with handymen and pretty much learned by osmosis. You are who you hang out with… that’s what I hear. I guess it’s true.

But I want you to know there are easy DIY wood projects like this mini corbel shelf that you can do without using power tools. Well, I mean you don’t have to cut the wood. Did you know that most hardware stores, when you purchase, will cut it for you? Here in Texas, Lowes and Home Depot will do it for free. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and most are more than happy to help a woman. *wink *wink  Yeah, I don’t mind playing that card.

Make this easy DIY mini corbels shelf for your home. Beginner easy!

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What you’ll need to complete this project for your home.

For The Paint Finish

Finishing The Mini Wood Corbel Shelf

To get the look of a vintage corbel, start with applying a white water-based stain to the wood with a soft cotton cloth. You can also brush the stain on with a chip brush and wipe back any extra. You want to stain the wood, not saturate it. Then while the white stain is still wet, apply the brown (Tobacco Road) stain to create a light creamy brown finish. I like the way the water-based stain allows the wood grain to show through. The same technique was used the paint the board as well.

To get the look of a vintage corbel, start with applying a white water-based stain to the wood with a soft cotton cloth. You can also brush the stain on with a chip brush and wipe back any extra. You just want to stain the wood not saturate it. Then while the white stain is still wet, apply the brown (Tobacco Road) stain to create a light creamy brown finish.

Adding Texture And Chippy Goodness

To create a chippy textured look, I used a spatula to drag Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint (a beautiful vintage color) across the wood. Also, dabbing the paint to create texture. Allow this to dry thoroughly. After it’s dried, go back with Black Wax with a wax brush and lightly add some more aged goodness. It’s a beautiful vintage look!

To create a chippy textured look, I used a spatula to drag Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint (a beautiful vintage color) across the wood. Also dabbing the paint to create texture. Allow this to dry thoroughly. After it's dried, go back with Black Wax with a wax brush and lightly add some more aged goodness.

Hanging The Mini Corbel Shelf

It took me a while to find hangers for the corbels, but these were the easiest that I found for a beginner. Some of the hardware required drilling holes and all that nonsense. I wanted quick and easy, so here it is. Keyhole fasteners! Most hardware stores carry these, and I only used one per corbel since they were so small.

It took me a while to find hangers for the corbels but these were the easiest that I found for a beginner. Some of the hardware required drilling holes and all that nonsense. I wanted quick and easy so here it is. Keyhole fasteners! Most hardware stores carry these and I only used one per corbel since they were so small.

Easy installation. No, you don’t have to use power tools… a simple hand screwdriver will do the trick too.

* I didn’t attach the shelf board to the mini corbels (I just laid it across them once I hung them on the wall) because… I like to decorate often, and these corbels can be used in many ways as home decor. I remove the board, and now I have two beautiful corbels items to decorate with. Want more ideas on how to use these amazing replicas? Visit my friend Tammy with Rustic Orchard Homes and see how she uses them.

Easy installation. No, you don't have to use power tools... a simple hand screwdriver will do the trick too.
I LOVE how my mini corbel shelf turned out. It's perfect over my coffee bar to display my pretty me decor.
Try this easy DIY mini corbel shelf. The perfect project for beginner DIYers.
DIY home decor doesn't have to be complicated. This mini corbel shelf was quick and easy.

Fantastic! What a fun project and so easy. See, I told you you could do it. Now there’s no reason not to step out of that comfort zone and try a little DIY woodworking project. You might surprise yourself and discover you have a hidden talent.

Thanks for joining me today, and as always, I would love it if you would share this with your friends and give me some feedback on this mini corbel shelf. Please drop me a comment below. šŸ™‚

Until the next project… xo, Do

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8 Comments

  • Hey Do Dodson! I’m so glad you are doing well. I love these little novels and how you made them look. I have everything but the corbels so I’m shopping now. Keep sending these wonderful and fun projects. I need them.
    Take care

  • Iā€™m so glad to know how to get this look ! I love that finish.

  • I’m so happy you like it. It’s super easy! šŸ™‚

  • šŸ™‚ I knew what you meant. Ha ha I do that all the time.

  • You bet I will, Cheryl. Aren’t they adorable? So easy too. Have a fantastic week. xo

  • Thank you! I have a hook up if you need it. šŸ˜‰ They are adorable. xo šŸ™‚

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