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Giving stock corbels a vintage feel

Make your own vintage corbels 

We are remodeling our fireplace and I really wanted vintage corbels , but I was on a time crunch..when my husband makes a decision to remodel it becomes a stressful emergency where decisions need to be made time for the hunt I searched eBay and etsy and found many I loved but they were all too deep for my mantel , so I found these corbels at home depot ..they just happened to be the perfect size and the price was right..but the mission style was a little boring for my taste 

they have these in the store or online and they are only $41.00 way under budget ( rarely happens) 
so the first thing I needed to do was rough them up , ..I took all my frustrations out on the corbels..difficult customers , husbands, kids, bad past know the usual ...I literally threw them on the floor with all my might several times 
  1. throw them onto the ground several times, a corner gets knocked off? you are so lucky they look really vintage 
2. find an old chain or hammer...I used a towing chain with lots of rust..which added to the patina so it made me happy ..smash the heck out of them with the chain ( it is very satisfying, and I considered it my workout for the day )

so this is what it should look like, lots of grooves and dings for the paint to adhere to

I took DIY Clay Paint in a color called weathered wood, I love this color because it actually looks like Barn wood when it dries 
I watered it down until it was soup consistency and wiped it on using a chip brush 

once I have painted on the weathered wood , I wiped it off with a paper towel 
this is how it will look, so it is basically a stain look without the mess of stain 

I did the same exact step as before but with a watered down white, I used a white called vintage linen, it has gray undertones 

this time I used a wet sponge to pull of some of the white for a distressed look 
I went back and hit it with chains again ( maybe overkill) 

I went over it a few times with the grey and white until I got the look I was going for 

Here is the finished product, I am super happy 
here they are in all their glory !

Blog post on the family room coming soon ...

I love the rustic vintage look against shiny and new 

Husband had to have tv above the fireplace, pick your battles ladies 

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