DIY Rustic Corbel

Hey there! I have been trying to come up with a cool accent piece to go in the corner of the walkway between my living room and kitchen and I came up with this easy and FREE Rustic Corbel!

DIY-Rustic-CorbelWhitney and I were driving through Dallas, looking at old homes that had been restored. I kept noticing these pretty wooden corbels on the front of the homes, right under the roof.  I’ve seen them salvaged and resold at flea markets for a pretty penny but of course, my mind goes directly to my scrap pile in my shop!

I went home and built my own with scraps – for FREE!  Here’s how!

miter-4x4I decided to make mine with 4×4’s because my space was so big.  If you have a smaller space or you don’t have any 4×4 scraps, you could make this with 2×4’s!  I cut one 4×4 @ 24″ and one at 20.5″.  Then I used my saw to cut a 45 degree angle on one half of the end of each 4×4.  So, you will start the mitered cut at 1.75″.

kreg-hdI used my Kreg HD to drill 2 pocket holes in the flat end of the 20.5″ piece.

attach-with-pocket-screwsThen, I attached the two pieces using HD pocket hole screws.  If you don’t have a Kreg HD or a Kreg Jig, you could just make this with 2×4’s and attach with wood screws.

wood-corbelHere she is so far!  Easy 🙂


wood-corbel-assembledNext, I measured from the inside of one 4×4 to the other (making a diagonal) and cut a 2×4 to fit.  My measurement was 20″ long point to long point and both ends are cut at 45 degrees not parallel.

attach-2x4I attached the 2×4 with wood glue and my Ryobi Airstrike 16 gauge nailer and 2 1/2″ nails.  If you don’t have a nailer, you can use wood screws or finishing nails.

corbel-stainedTo finish it, I wanted to go with a distressed, chippy paint finish to resemble a salvaged corbel.  So, I applied one coat of Varathane Early American stain.  Let it sit for 5 minutes and then wiped it with a clean cloth.

apply-vaselineAfter it dried, I applied a thin coat of Vaseline over the spots that I wanted the stain to show through the paint. I pretty much went over all of the edges.

paint-corbelThen, I painted it with 2 coats of latex paint.  This is my trim paint (Ivory Lace by Valspar) but you can use whatever paint you like.

distress-corbelOnce the paint was dry, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat sander and an 80-grit sanding pad to distress the entire corbel.  You’ll see the paint flake off where the vaseline was applied. That will give you the chippy look!

Rustic-Wood-Corbel-DIYTo hang it, I used 3 1/2″ spax screws and drilled them into both mitered ends, at a diagonal, into the studs behind the wall.  I used two screws on each end.  Then, cover the screw holes with wood putty and paint.

That was it!




DIY-Rustic-Wood-CorbelI love the character that the corbel adds to this spot!  I may add a few more around the house and change them up a bit 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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  1. on May 31, 2022 at 3:20 am

    I also promised to share modifications to make this bed a King size! It’s a simple adjustment to modify this to any mattress size 🙂 Make sure to measure and cut as you go for the trim.

  2. Jessica on March 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Are you sure you didn’t use 2×2’s?! How did you get a 3 1/2 in screw to go through & hold a 4×4?!

  3. Mandy Peacock on June 13, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I used these for a shelf bracket on one of my projects, would it be okay if I link to this post?

  4. thadude on March 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    How did you attach them to the wall??

    • Shanty2Chic on March 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      I mention that towards the bottom of the post 😉

  5. Fon Laughlin on July 12, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Love the grey console piece. Any chance you constructed it and have some trade secrets to share??? 🙂

    • Fon Laughlin on July 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Just found your tutorial. Awesome! Thanks for the great idea!! 🙂

  6. JB on May 26, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I am wondering if you know or remember the paint color of your walls in this photo?

  7. Kandace Ritter on October 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Can you give me more tips on using the Vaseline to distress love the look of that!!!

  8. Jennifer on September 29, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Love reading your post. I want to try some of these when I can ever get my craft room together. I need to learn how to use a mitre saw and a kreg jig and I will be unstoppable!!! I love how you did this all rustic looking. Adds charm to the place.

  9. Krista on September 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Where did you get your couches? Love them!

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