DIY Corbel Shelves
Ballard Designs. Heard of them? Well, they are kind of a big deal…..and so are their prices. They had some amazing bracket shelves that were perfect for the dining room in our townhouse. Only, problem is, they were like super expensive. So I started to look at Etsy, Target, and a few other places that might have some similar. I found some but they were all floating shelves. I really liked the brackets or corbels on the bottom. I know it is dumb that I wanted to buy them when I could have just made them right? Well, sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the projects on the to-do list. That’s when I just want to go out and buy it so I can check something off and be done. But checking off this project meant big bucks so I was forced to make them…..sort of. 😉
Well, I didn’t have a miter saw to build the shelves from scratch. So I had to get creative. I was at Home Depot and found some floating shelves that I really liked (image below is from the Home Depot website of the shelf I picked). I still thought they needed the corbels to finish them off. That’s when it hit me! I would just buy the floating shelves and add some corbels to them. DUH! I still had to do a little work but it would be quick and easy.
As you can see in the corbel picture they had holes where you would normally attach something. I wasn’t going to use these holes to attach the corbels so I used the wood fill to fill them. After the filler had dried I sanded the areas smooth. Now comes the fun part. I flipped my floating shelves main surface down and got my wood glue. I placed the wood glue on the top of the corbel and laid it on the bottom side of the shelf. I just kind of eyeballed how far apart I wanted them. I did this on each floating shelf. I left them with the corbels in place, where I wanted them to dry overnight. The next morning I came downstairs to my “want to be” Ballard Designs shelves. Only, problem was, my shelves were white and my corbels were unfinished wood.