14 Fantastic Corbel Projects

Corbels used as Bookends

On Monday I showed you how easy it was to create your own set of corbels using nothing other than leftover wood scraps. 

Hopefully I inspired you to make your own set, but if that didn’t work, I’m back to reinspire.

I’m giving you 14 ideas on what you could possibly do with those wonderful corbels you just designed. 

Corbel Bookend diy

These first few pictures are the corbels I showed you on Monday.  They are currently being used on my bookshelf to hold up a few old novels.

Corbel bookend

I might just have to make another pair since these were originally going to be used as shelf brackets.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

Besides my corbel project, the internet is full of ideas for what you could do with your own sweet set of corbels.

Cottage Elements created curtain rods out of her corbels. She was lucky enough to find them inexpensively at a local flea market.  If I ever found a deal like that I wouldn’t have to create my own.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

These room dividers were part of a feature on farmhouse living from the Everyday Home blog. If you want to install corbels as part of a room divider, make sure they are high enough that nobody hits their head.  This, unfortunately, is speaking from experience.

Corbel Wine bottle holder

Who knew, that corbels make beautiful wine bottle holders

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

How beautiful is this headboard consisting of an old door, corbels and a shelf. I think I would be afraid that bust would fall on me in the middle of the night but  concussion or not, I still love it.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

This hanging candle holder was found over at Patina White. Those appear to be glass insulators holding tea lights on the tips of the corbels.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

This pair of corbels, found at Gardening gone Wild,  fits perfectly in the garden to hold these cute terra cotta flower pots.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

This corbel along with the fence post was made by the diy network for Halloween.  As long as you have the signpost, I would think it would be super simple to switch it out for all the holidays. Think North Pole, Pilgrims Landing….

Corbel and glass desk from Restoration Hardware

If you have a big saw, probably a band saw you might want to attempt this beautiful desk from Restoration Hardware. It’s absolutely gorgeous but I think you should know it retails for $1295.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

My computer didn’t like the link with this one, it told me it looked suspicious. It is supposedly from diyideas.com. Suspicious or not, this towel bar could convince me to redo my bathroom one more time.


This beautiful mantel from Shanty 2 Chic combines corbels that they purchased for $60 with newly distressed wood. Their tutorial also shows how to attach the mantel and corbels to the stone fireplace.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

While this end table was showcased on Houzz in an article they did about thrifty and creative side tables, I think it looks an awful lot like the corbels used by Restoration Hardware for the desk above.

Unique ideas for what to do with architectural corbels

This shelf takes two of my favorite architectural salvage pieces, corbels and shutters, and combines them into one cute little shelf.


Had to include this cute little table. This was from my visit to Black Dog Salvage back in September.  These corbels would be super simple to recreate.

I really want to make one of every piece I showcased, so don’t be surprised if I come up with another corbel project in the future.

Follow Scavenger Chic’s board Corbels on Pinterest.

I included all of these corbels and more on my Corbel board over at Pinterest.  Take a look if you are still in need of more inspiration.

Shared at Think and Make Thursday, Handmade Hangout Party,

Creativity Unleashed, Funky Junk Upcycled Link Party,

Amaze me Monday, Metamorphosis Monday,

Inspire me Tuesday, Trash 2 Treasure, Be Inspired Tuesday,

Wow us Wednesdays, Vintage Inspiration Party,


  • Heather says:

    Love your corbel round-up. I’ve always been drawn to corbels…well, architectural embellishments in general. Thanks for posting this!

  • pyegg says:

    The best ideas ever. My favorite piece you’ve ever made. These inspire me to fit them somewhere in our home.

  • Claudia says:

    I would LOVE one of each of these projects, please…maybe something I need to talk with Santa about *wink. I really like receiving your blog in my email! It’s easy to read and it’s so visually pleasing, good job!

  • I have always loved corbels. I have one that came off a house. I placed them going into my kitchen, Love yours so much.so many choices?????

  • Pat says:

    Great ideas using corbels, dear one!!!
    I adore the Farmhouse corbels leading from one open room to the other!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Nellie says:

    There is just something very special about corbels, I love them too!
    and these are great ideas for uses of them. Loved the desk and table made
    with corbels, really neat……….
    thanks for sharing with us, gives us some new ideas.
    Blessings, Nellie

  • Christine says:

    When we moved from one of our historical homes in downtown
    Albany, OR, I had my husband make a pattern of the corbels under the porch roof and when he built wood window boxes for our cottage, I asked him to also make corbels from the pattern and put them under the boxes. I painted them white and the house was blue and I put trailing ivy and red geraniums in the window boxes. It was a one story cottage in another historical district and I received many compliments. I plan to used the same idea with the home we just bought.

  • Thanks for all the great ideas, and your tutorial, Joan! Thanks for sharing them at the Vintage Inspiration Party – I’m pinning it to my “Spotted at the VIP board here – https://www.pinterest.com/knickoftime/spotted-at-the-vip-vintage-decor-repurposed-projec/

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