I really don’t consider myself a hoarder, but I do have this tendency (that may or may not be bothersome to my hubby…sorry, Daniel!) to buy things with the intention of doing something with them later. Case in point—these corbels I bought at a flea market in 2012. Three years later, they finally serve a purpose.
The seller told me at the time that they were taken off a cherry furniture dining set or something, but I always knew I wanted to use them to create a table. The corbels themselves are very light, so my problem was that they couldn’t literally support the table.
Well, one-day inspiration hit and I decided to make a floating table for my foyer. My foyer is narrow and tiny, but I still wanted that beautiful and welcoming vibe when guests come into our home.
That’s when I decided to combine a store bought floating shelf and these corbels—the shelf is entirely supported by the brackets and the corbels serve as a decorative add-on that gives the appearance of structure. Perfection!
This floating table comes together with a cordless drill and my BFF spray paint. I picked up all the supplies at my local True Value, where I am officially known as the “girl who comes in to buy spray paint.” I am totes OK with that!
-Floating shelf with brackets (or make your own with wood + brackets)
-2 Corbels (no luck at thrift stores? Try these!)
–Rustoleum Spray Paint
–Command Hook Strips
-Prime and paint the corbels (and shelf, if needed): I did two coats of Zinsser primer because these corbels were dark. I figured the extra primer would save me time and spray paint, and I was right. I let the primer dry about 1 hour between coats, and then dry about 2 hours before moving on to the white gloss spray paint.
I wanted a really glossy, flawless finish, so I opted for about 3-4 very, very light coats of spray paint. I let them fully cure for about 2-3 days before moving on.
-To attach the corbels to the shelf, you need some small L-Brackets. They literally look like a little L, and all you’re doing is attaching the corbel to the shelf. Measure the spot twice and drill once—pilot holes are your friend.
-Now that your corbels are attached to the shelf, go ahead and use the brackets to mount the shelf onto the wall. Use your level and cordless drill to ensure a flawless installation. This step is a lot easier with 2 people so someone can hold the shelf and the other can mark the hole positions on the wall.
Optional—our walls aren’t 100% square anymore, so the bottom of the corbels didn’t naturally sit flush with the wall. Rather than drilling through the corbel, we used some Command Hook Strips (one on each corbel) to get the backs to stick to the wall…problem solved!
-Decorate and enjoy!
The table is small and narrow, but I still fit a few décor pieces on it that are both pretty and functional. A scented candle, a tray for keys, bright flowers and a mirror to bounce light all come together to form a chic vignette.
The view when guests walk in is a million times better than before. I want to walk in and out of my own front door just to enjoy! Eventually I’d like to get a shoe tray or build something functional that fits under the floating shelf to hold bags, umbrellas, etc.
I think our foyer is nearly complete with the exception of a new light fixture. I also recently ordered some new front door hardware, so I think our front door will be getting a java makeover to really highlight the new chrome lockset.
What do you all think? Anyone else addicted to buying chic, thrifted finds to use in a project later?
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.