I Found Antique Corbels!
Yep, you read that right. I FINALLY found antique corbels and I am absolutely giddy about it. You guys, I’ve been on the hunt for real, authentic corbels for a year now and I can’t believe I actually found them. I even had my parents, who are some of the best antique finders around, on the hunt for them too. We’ve all been looking and looking, but with no luck. Well this past weekend the heavens shined down on me and I found the most amazing pair of antique, chippy white corbels ever. And let me tell you, these suckers are HUGE. Really, I think they weigh at least 20 pounds each and they are 2 feet tall. I originally wanted corbels like this to hang up in our reading nook, but there’s no way these will fit. They’s just way too heavy. So for now I’ve styled them in a cute little spot in our basement. I know you guys love seeing my vintage finds, so I’m excited to share these corbels with you today!
I found these at my favorite consignment store in town. They’ve actually been carrying tons of antiques and furniture lately, but I never would have imagined finding authentic corbels there. You can probably imagine how giddy I was when I stumbled on these beauties. They were priced at $49 each, but I decided to ask if they’d take anything lower. I know some people don’t like bargaining, but I figure it’s always worth a shot, right?! Well it worked out in my favorite because they dropped the price down to $38 each, which I was pretty happy with. That’s way cheaper than these would priced at any boutique type antique store.
There were giant rusty nails sticking out of the back of these, so they were definitely attached to some kind of porch or barn at one point. Of course I wasn’t going to bring them inside with nails poking out, so we had to remove those. The white paint was also chipping really badly, so we scrapped them both down then covered them in a clear polycrylic spray to seal the paint. That should keep it from chipping any further.
I still can’t believe I finally found a pair of antique corbels after a year of searching. I’ve honestly never seen any quite this big, so I’m not sure where exactly they’ll end up. I think they’re way too big and heavy to be hung on the wall, so I’ll probably just use them in vignettes like this. I love this little spot in our basement and I think they look pretty good here along with the vintage dresser and this sign on that old window. We actually screwed the sign directly into the window frame to give it a bit more interest and depth. I love layering pieces like that whenever I can.
Well I’d love to hear what you think of my new nifty corbels! And let me know what’s on your “vintage wish list”. What goodies have you been looking for lately?
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