Corbel Bookends


Bookends not only work as supports for holding books but also work as accessories adding sophisticated details to help style a study library, shelves, desktops etc.  Corbels are architectural elements but can be repurposed to add  a decorative touch to a vignette.


Here, I have refinished the  corbels to create bookends.


I found a pair of corbels during my recent visit to the local second hand store.  Though these corbels are made of resin, they have  good architectural details.  I didn’t bother to  take off the hardware.  I painted them with 3 coats of Americana chalky paint in white.  Then, I randomly added a few strokes of liquid gold, acrylic gold and then rubbed on some antiquing gel with a wiping cloth.  To create a distressed look, I lightly sanded them , and then sealed them with SC Johnson’s paste wax.


The corbels have now been transformed into bookends.  I have placed them on a black lacquered tray to hold  a few books on one of the end tables.


I love my new,  ‘vintage’ looking Bookends.



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