Monday, August 30, 2010

Old Corbels ~

This is my kitchen fireplace...


Above the fireplace is an old pair of wood corbels.

I purchased this pair of corbels about 15 years ago at the Ventura Flea Market.  They came from my very favorite seller, Buddy. He has the most amazing architectural pieces collected from old buildings....

When I was paying for the corbels, Buddy asked what I was going to do with them. I told him that I was planning to use them as bookends....

Buddy suggested I flip them upside down and hang them
 like sconces....



I thought it was a great idea.

I came home and I added picture hooks to the back of each corbel. Since they are heavy, my husband attached the corbels to the wall with anchor screws.






You can find new Corbels at places like Restoration Hardware 
but they won't have this wonderful patina!!



This set has the best chippy paint... layers upon layers...




Look at he the black areas... 
maybe they came from a building with fire damage!



I added glass hurricanes from Pier One. 
They run about $6 each.
The candles are unscented white pillars from Target.

When bringing home old corbels, I recommend you
 1. spray the wood with a bug killer [like RAID]
 2. place the corbels in an airtight trash bag for 48 hours. 

This will kill any creepy crawlers!



I love the architectural interest they bring into my kitchen.  

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36 comments:

Suzan said...

Love the chippy paint on the corbels. I have some shutters that I need to get in the house but I am nervous about the "bug factor". They will never fit in a plastic bag!

Lisa said...

They are simply gorgeous. I LOVE how they've been hung with the hurricane covers and the candles. REALLY nice!
Lisa@SuburbanRetreat

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looking good...Buddy sure did have an awesome idea! Thanks for coming to my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY...hope you are having a FUN time!

Blessings,
Linda

Laura said...

You had me at Corbel... I didn't know what one was, so I just had to keep reading... I am now enlightened. They look great! On a side note, I think my entire house could fit in your kitchen ;-) Lx

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Love love them!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

OH, I'm a corbel lover too, those are just beautiful!

My Yellow House said...

I have been looking for corbels forever! I just can't find two that match close enough. You couldn't have found a prettier pair and I'm glad you hung them as sconces. I love the aged character they bring to your kitchen - you have great taste! :)

Lori said...

I bought some "new" ones at round top, TX antique fair. I want some more now that you have given me some ideas. They look great.

Lori said...

By the way are those real violets on the table. Stop my heart if they are. Do you have a greenhouse and tremendous green thumb. Give me your trick.

Sarah said...

What a terrific idea and excellent advice before bringing them into the house. Love your kitchen!

Carol said...

Those are a wonderful asset to your fireplace! Wow, I would have never thought to use them that way, great idea. Beautiful kitchen, might I add.
Carol in GA

Elizabeth Ann said...

I love your corbels, I noticed them before during my tour of your home. I agree with Linda, Buddy did have a great idea. I have one pair and a few singles. I'm always on the look out for more if at the right price. I can't seem to pass them up. Now I have another way I can use them.

Elizabeth Ann

niartist said...

I LOVE THIS!!! We have a place here called Buffalo Reuse. They pull off exterior and interior architectural pieces from houses that are about to be demolished. As houses around here date back to the early-mid 1800's sometimes there's some great stuff there. Nothing like this stays too long - because they're such a wonderful and flexible design element. I love the way you did them, Buddy had a good idea! :) Course, they would have been AMAZING as bookends, too! :) And a fireplace in the kitchen!?!? I'm even more jealous! LOL! I'm off to visit more of your blog. I'm looking for inspiration and I thought of you first! :)

Linda Q said...

I like them! They look good there.
I want some old corbels too. They are hard to find, might have to buy me new ones and make them look old.
Enjoyed seeing your home too.
Linda

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The corbels look great, you have a beautiful kitchen-enjoy!

Marianne@Songbird said...

They look so great. That patina is priceless. And thanks for the tip on the creepy crawlers.

Polly said...

I have always wanted a fireplace in my kitchen! It's gorgeous! Of course, I love the chippy old corbels and how you've repurposed them! Thanks for the bug tip....always worry about that, but never would have thought of sealing them up in a bag!

hugs

Polly

Traci said...

Your corbels are beautiful with the chippy paint - it adds a ton of character to your kitchen.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

How lovely your kitchen is! I would love a fireplace in my kitchen, its so romantic...
The corbels are a wonderful vintage touch. I love the distressed and aged look of them.
You have the perfect kitchen...
Have a sweet day, big hugs-Elizabeth

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love old corbels like that. Look at that wonderful peeling paint. Your are right you can't buy new ones like that. I have seen some nice ones at a flea market here, but they want some major dollars for them. I keep hoping to find some cheaper ones. Yours look great as sconces.

la Brocanteuse said...

First thing in the morning -i'm going to look at the fireplace surround we had to replace since it was damaged in a fire...it has similar corbels...if it was not the middle of the night I would do it right now!!
thank you very much for your very kind comment on my blog today- I appreciate it very much have a lovely day Colette x

Cottage Rose said...

Love your sconces they are so gorgeous,,,, and how wonderful they look on your fireplace... wish I had one in my kitchen....

Hugs;
Alaura

Cat said...

I am your newest follower! I found you at Angie's Treasures blog and I just adore your site! xoxo!

Angie said...

Those are gorgeous!!!!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Looks great! Its hard to find nice corbels...especially a pair :)

DustyLu said...

OHMYGOSH I was just wondering how to kill bugs in my vintage things. Thanks! Love your corbels! ~lulu

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love old corbels and yours look fantastic as sconces! Lucky you to have a fireplace in your kitchen.
xo, Sherry

Rebecca said...

I love what you did with these old corbels-the center of attention too-Happy WW

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Wow, that's one big kitchen you've got there. I love the corbels and all their chippy goodness, Buddy was right, they're gorgeous as you've used them. Happy WW!

TheSmithHotel said...

What a great idea! It's hard to find pieces like that and you found a pair!

Jody

Irma@CosasBellas said...

I love the use of the corbels, what a great statement they make and your kitchen is stunning. I love when the center islands are at an angle it's visually pleasing.
Thanks for sharing the tip for avoiding unwanted "house guests".

Blessings!

Atticmag said...

Your corbels are superb pieces and they make great wall brackets. What a terrific way to use them.

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Val said...

I found your blog through Kristin's and I'm so glad I did. I love it. New follower.

Kathysue said...

I love old architectural pieces. I always wonder what stories they could tell if they could speak. this are wonderful and your friend Buddy gave you a great tip. Kathysue

Pinky said...

OMG!!! Your kitchen is just gorgeous and HUGE!!!! That is a dream of mine to have a BIG kitchen like this one day...........but it may just stay a dream! LOve the corbels too! AND, the fireplace in the kitchen! XO, Pinky

Kim said...

The are beautifully chippy. You have a lovely home :).