Dipped Nautical Bookends { Thrift Store Upcycle }

Howdy Friends!

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

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.

I started this assignment by visiting  Goodwill where I came across a lonely wood bookend in the shape of a shell.

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.

 

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.

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.
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.

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.

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.

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.
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.

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.
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.

 

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.

Awesome and easy Dipped Nautical Bookends {Thrift Store Upcycle} by Paper & Fox.

What do you think? This was an easy project that cost under $10 to create. Easy and cheap is a great combination…

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8 Responses to Dipped Nautical Bookends { Thrift Store Upcycle }

  1. Madaline July 11, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Love love this. That seahorse is AMAZING!

    • carmody July 12, 2014 at 8:02 am #

      Thanks Madaline!

  2. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog July 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I love this idea! Really like your blog too…visiting from the Link it or Lump it link up!

    • carmody July 14, 2014 at 6:01 am #

      Thank you Rebecca! I am glad you stopped by Paper & Fox.

  3. Julie July 14, 2014 at 4:04 am #

    Easy and cheap – you are so right, what a great combination. And can I add – looks good too!

    • carmody July 14, 2014 at 5:59 am #

      Thanks Julie!

  4. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees} July 17, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    Oh I LOVE these! I need some bookends!

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