Sometimes in my wanderings I come across some amazing piece of junk that I decide I simply MUST have. Hubby goes right along with, even encourages my obsession for this chippy, shabby stuff.
It’s not that he is overly fond of my purchases himself but he loves me and is therefore most willing to indulge my Old Things New habit. Still . . . sometimes I can’t help but wonder if he isn’t compensating for the fact that his “stuff” is a whole lot more expensive than mine. Things like electronic gadgets, fancy tools, more fishing poles, . . . boats. Is it wrong of me to question his motives? Shhh . . . we won’t tell him because we LIKE his generosity. We kinda’ like the boat too.
This weathered old corbel was one of those must-haves. I didn’t have any idea how I’d use it or where, so it has been moving from room to room, inside and out, until this Spring when we started pulling our backyard deck area together and making it into a “French Courtyard.” That’s when the idea bell went off in my head and an Outdoor Herb Shelf was born.
After a couple coats of black outdoor spray paint to match my patio set they were just like new.
Since our house is brick, hubby used special concrete screws to hang the corbels on.
We added a piece of leftover plywood for the shelf . . .
. . . and I painted the shelf with a medium grey colored paint . . .
. . . followed by a wash of a lighter grey for effect. I don’t know what the effect is but it sounds good right?
I felt that the edge of the board could use some embellishment to make it “Frenchier” so I did an online search and found the Frank Morrow Company who sells decorative metal banding by the foot.
After spray painting the banding to match the corbels I used some cut tacks to attach them to my board.
I’m not sure what these tacks are meant to be used for but I found them in the garage and they were black so I thought they were perfect. I suppose hubby has them for some other, more expensive, purpose.
The metal banding was fairly easy to cut with metal snips and the angles were made by hand bending them over the edge of the board, then stepping on the bend to make a sharper edge. With shoes of course.
So here are several shots of my shelf.
I have a few fresh herbs displayed along with some other decorative, thrifted items.
This super simple project can be done with thrift store corbels or new wooden corbels from any hardware store.
Quick and easy projects like this one make me happy and a happy wife makes a happy hubby.
What outdoor projects are you doing this Spring?
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Sharon H says
Well Miz Patti, aren’t you just the crafty person! Lol, I love that shelf and the way it turned out, but I really liked the chippy, shabby look of those corbels….sigh
Looks great, now I need to find me some unique old corbels. Thanks for sharing.
Stacey Keeling says
Patti, this is so pretty! The way you finished it out has the look of an old metal shelf. Love it!
I’ve been thinking of doing something similar on our patio to sit more pots on. Trying to decide if we have the space or not. 🙂
Linda Charlton says
Such a cute idea.
What a creative idea to use a shelf to make a window garden. It looks beautiful! We have the perfect little window to try this. Thank you!
Meg | Hello Farmhouse says
This is such a great idea! I would love to just be able to reach out my window for fresh herbs. And the bonus is that it would keep them away from my crazy plant-eating cats!
Carol Cook says
Your shelf looks great!
What a beautiful shelf! That’s a very clever use for your finds.
super cool! love the ‘effect’ and the banding! what a neat find and they sure do dress up the shelf. Thanks for sharing!
Oh my goodness! I love how it turned out! This is simply gorgeous! 🙂
Love, JES @ Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth
Crystal Twaddell says
Oh I am so very happy to have found your blog! I love making new things out of old, and the old is found in the most interesting places. I have a couple of vintage iron wall sconces that came to mind when I saw this post, and they have been tucked away for too long. You should link up to #FreshMarketFriday…it is all about sharing our passions, and your posts would be perfect for the community! Crystal~
Oh!! I love the idea of an herb shelf! Great project!
Olivia- Reinvented Collection says
Your shelf turned out amazingly! I love all the details and how you blended old and new items.
Your blog is featured on my blog for this weeks Thursday Favorite Things link party.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful outdoor shelving with us.
I loved this Patti. I will feature it tomorrow at Home Sweet Home!
Cathy, 1929 Charmer Cottage says
It looks really nice and lucky your hubs let you screw into the brick wall, hubs has a fit when I put nails in our clapboard! It looks really nice.
The shelf is so pretty. What a cool product you discovered. This shelf can work in or out.