{DIY} Farmhouse Style Corbels

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I don’t know about y’all, but I just love those antique farmhouse style corbels floating around. Such a pretty touch added to a shelf, used as bookends or just styled on a mantle. I recently found some beautiful ones in a local antique shop, but quickly put them right back where I found them when I saw the price tag. EIGHTY bucks. NOPE. With exterior painting going on at our place, every penny must. be. pinched.

Well, you know me. I decided to create a knock-off at a fraction of the cost. I admit, those true antiques still haunt me a bit, but this DIY afternoon project was just what I needed to stop myself from buying them.

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Materials Needed (This post contains affiliate links…read about that here):

This project is super easy and can be completed in an afternoon—just make sure the corbel is dry between each step and you are good to go!

{Step 1}: Stain your corbel. I like to use rubber gloves so I don’t stain my skin. A foam brush worked perfectly to get in all curves of the wood.

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{Step 2}: After the stain is completely dry, paint a light layer of acrylic paint of your color choice. I used a light blue on mine. Don’t worry about covering each little spot, just get a light coat on there. This will give it one more dimension of color when you sand the edges a bit.

{Step 3}: Now paint the white milk paint OVER your acrylic paint. Get it good. Get all the curves and tight spots. I used a small paint brush for this step and did two coats for full coverage.

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{Step 4}: Lightly sand the edges and curves to expose some of the acrylic paint and stain. As you sand, try to hit the spots that would naturally wear over the years.

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Voila! Super easy and super cute project for a beginner DIY-er. Happy Corbel-ing and don’t forget to share the pictures of your projects with me!

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