Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A faux corbel

At one estate sale this past summer I ran into a lot of interesting wood pieces.  There were legs, trims, and molding, but the most interesting of all was this piece here.

It reminded be of the beginning of a corbel.  What else could it be?  Since I don't have the tools to cut such intricate work, I opted for a way to sass this up without cutting into it or adding wood.

Friends, meet foam board.  I the corbel onto here 2 times and cut it out.  From there I sketched a design and cut that out.  Hot glue worked  great to attach it to the wood.

Like this.

I painted it brown (made by mixing a red and green together because I didn't have brown).  My plan was to make it crackle so it looked older.  I had tried the glue technique before with success, but this time I didn't have enough glue on hand, and I wanted to try the blow dryer technique.
Fail on that one!  It was probably because my paint didn't go on thick enough.  In hindsight I should have let the paint sit out and thicken.  That probably would have worked.

Have any of you had success with the blow dryer?  If you are unsure of what it its, you paint a piece and before it's dry blow dry it.  The accelerated drying creates crackles.

Here is my faux corbel, sitting on a ledge in my living room.

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  1. Brilliant! :) and great job.

    Crackle: I use a coat of poly acrylic, then crackle medium. It cracks, but clear. i.e. homemade craqueleur. Then rub your paint or stain into it.
    I've also found for an absolutely clear, invisible, (really undetectable) matte finish, use exterior, latex, matte, dark paint base. Seals it and crackle will work on it.

    I hope this helps.

    I'm building a potting bench and need some support for the side supports. I was trying to figure out a corbel and you've given me all kinds of inspiration!

  2. Nice job. Never would have thought of foam.

  3. great idea using foam board love it