Jeremy (If you find that you're in the market for a pair, I happen to know that he has more....you're welcome). UPDATE: as of tonight, the 8 that he had remaining have been purchased by readers of this blog! I'm so excited!
I knew when I held them up to the wall that they were perfect for the space. I mounted them by drilling through the brackets into the wall studs. The top is made from brand new pine 1x8's that were roughed up, stained with Weatherwood stain in oaking and then sanded and waxed with clear wax. You may recall that I used Weatherwood on our cedar garage doors and all of the exterior cedar on our house. This is a product specifically made for Oak and harder woods but it works beautifully on pine as well to give it a great gray finish.
The contrast of the chippy brackets, the gray of the wood top and the limestone lend a warm, rustic feel to the foyer without being either too formal or two casual. It has already become a great spot to drop the mail or the car keys.
I placed some sheet moss in the bottom of my lantern and created a bird's nest out of a small grape vine wreath, some sisal and moss. I added a few blue speckled eggs that I painted with a mix of chalk paint and speckled using an old tooth brush and a little brown paint.
I'll share progress as we build them and I'll write a post with the mechanics of the process. We were pretty excited to have our brother in law suggest that rather than drilling the limestone to put in pegs, we should drill lag bolts into the studs...DUH...so much easier!