Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rustic Shelf

I could not be more thrilled!!! It is not very often that something comes together even better than you planned! Today it did!

I bought this old worn down window -without glass- for $8 at Paris Flea Market a week ago. I had this old piece of wood in the garage for awhile now too. I thought, wouldn't it be cool if I made my own rustic shelf?

I went to Home Depot and bought two solid wood corbels for $11 each. I spray painted them Rustoleum's Heirloom White. After they were dry I roughed them up with my 3m sanding block. Next up I used Valspar Antiquing Glaze to weather them a bit. I applied it with a foam brush and then wiped off immediately with a paper towel. Want it darker? Add more. Want it lighter? Use a lighter coat. I love this stuff!

This is what they looked like when I was done. Now I have the base to my shelf. They come with screws and there is a groove for it on the back so they sit flush with the wall.

After cutting my wood board, I had raw edges that didn't match the worn look of the rest of the board. I just added some glaze to these too, just lightly, and wiped off. The glaze grabs to the raw parts of wood a lot more, so you have to be careful with that.

I used my stud finder to locate the wood in the walls. Then I installed the corbels, making sure they were level. Next I laid my board across it, leaving just a tiny lip on each side of the board. It just so happened that's where it ended up with where the studs were in the wall and I like it that way! Then I screwed in a screw from the top of the board on each end of the shelf, drilling it into the corbel. Voila! Done!

I could not POSSIBLY love it more!!! I realize I am showing you a picture and I haven't bought a candle yet for the candle holder, but I was too excited!

I love the contrast of the corbel with the heirloom white showing underneath the antiquing and the dark weathered wood.

I'm going to show you how to make this bad boy soon! I love it!

Notice the old lock hanging on the nail. I had that laying around the house.

What a score for $8 huh? I LOVE the frame!

Decor Rundown:

Corbels $22 Home Depot

Shelf FREE

Frame $8 Paris Flea Market

Bike $10 Hobby Lobby (50% off)

Key Frame $7.00 Hobby Lobby (50% off)

Candle Holder $7.50 Hobby Lobby (50% off)

Baeza block FREE


  1. I love this!! Thanks for linking up!

  2. When you're done with you're home, do my kids' rooms! I'm for reals, Jamus!!!

  3. Wow...what an amazing job you did. Where is this Paris Flea Market? I hope you say southern California

  4. I love this idea! We have an old window my husband made into a coffee table, but the top gets covered so you can't appreciate it fully. You did a great job!
    I'm stopping by from Find a Friend Friday :)

  5. It is in Visalia, ca. Central valley :)

  6. Hi, Jaime! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  7. This is fantastic! I love how it turned out!