A couple months ago Southern Holiday Life Magazine contacted me and asked if I would write an article. They have a thrift store/upcycled segment that they call “Funky Junk Craft”. This was absolutely my kind of challenge and I dove right in. I wanted to share the full tutorial with you guys.
Dipped Nautical Bookends
I started this assignment by visiting Goodwill where I came across a lonely wood bookend in the shape of a shell.
As y’all know, I love all things nautical , so this guy jumped out at me. This shell bookend made out of wood was weathered and probably spent some time outside. It was unique and was only $1.99.
I knew my bookend needed a friend, so I kept my eyes peeled for something to act as the other bookend. I was lucky enough to find a metal seahorse hook at Value Village Thrift Store. I am guessing that the seahorse was intended to be a coat or bag hook. Anyways, it was now mine and I purchased it for a whopping $2.50.
My first step was to create a base for the seahorse hook. I used a one of my toddler’s wood building blocks and an L-bracket. If you run into my Bryce, don’t tell him I took his block.
Then, I spray-painted the sad shell bookend, block with L-bracket and metal seahorse a dark gray I chose Rust-Oleum Satin Granite spray-paint. Once the paint was dry, I attached the seahorse to the base that I created with the block. There were two holes conveniently in the center of the seahorse. I used my drill to attach the seahorse to the wood block with screws.
Each bookend matched after being coated in dark gray paint, but I wanted a little more out of them. With copper craft paint that I had from a previous project, I painted the bottom of each bookend. I think these two mismatched bookends make a great team.
What do you think? This was an easy project that cost under $10 to create. Easy and cheap is a great combination…