But nonetheless, from then on I kept an eye out for corbels. Which is how I learned that those suckers are expensive! New at Lowes they run about $80 a pop (the kind I was looking for anyway), and since I knew I wanted four...it added up quickly. I checked a few local shops that recycle house-type goodies, and even there I couldn't find anything even close to what I was looking for, for the price I was willing to pay.
Enter the Antique Marketplace in Lemoyne, PA. I didn't know this place was there until recently, but MAN am I glad I found it!
|Their picture, not mine!|
|Totally neglected to get a picture of the corbels before we used them! Bad blogger!|
We mounted our metal L-brackets first (after finding the studs, measuring and leveling of course), and then we put up our shelf. Once the shelf was secure we actually hung the corbels from the shelf to give the appearance of a supporting element, but they are not actually doing anything other than looking pretty and covering the supporting brackets. There is only one spot that you can see one of the brackets, and only if you get a few inches away and know where to look!
And for the record, Jack and Luke approve! They walked into the living room that first morning and Jack said "Mommy! Come see what is in our house!!"