DIY Dining Room Project: Corbel Shelves

I’ve always got a dozen projects going on at the same time…which I admit is a creative weakness of mine. We are still working on the cat room, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m looking forward to sharing that progress with you soon. In the meantime, I am working on a small project for our dining room.

I love corbels, and I’ve been looking for the perfect spot to incorporate a pair. I was scrolling through Pinterest one evening, and I found some inspiration. Actually, Ryan may have found this one…I don’t remember now.

Corbel Inspiration

We have a wall that simply looks bare to me in our dining room, and I thought why not make some shelves for plants, like the inspiration above. So I researched corbels online and found some beautiful ones on Amazon.


Prior to arrival of the beauties, I obsessed over stain colors. I wanted a stain that would coordinate with my Magnolia Home table, and I ended up using Varathane Golden Oak. Below is a picture of what the first corbel looks like after a quick staining yesterday. I’ve got to add a bit more stain in places and start the second one. After that, it’s adding the shelf, staining a bit more, and sealing. My plan is to have this small project complete this weekend. If that’s the case, I’ll add an update to this post. I love the way this corbel looks thus far! I can’t wait to see it up on the wall.

corble in progress

I finished the shelves yesterday, and they look just as I had hoped. Thanks to my wonderful husband for cutting the oak tops and adding the angled sides. I added plants to my seagrass planters, and I had the perfect items for my new shelves. This project really only took about 5-6 hours due to dry time. I hope these inspire you to take on a new project!

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