Updating Garage Sale Bookends with Paint & Numbers

January 27, 2016

Thrifting is usually slow this time of year in northern Minnesota due to cold weather.  I have been going through my stash of junk in the garage looking for things to repurpose and/or upcycle when I came across two sets of bookends. I am pretty sure that these dark stained wooden bookends were homemade.

I gave the wooden set two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Old White".

Next I distressed the bookends with 220 grit sandpaper.

I then stenciled on a "2" and a "7" on the bookends.  This Old World Number stencil is from Decoart.

They look like they were made from a picket fence!

Perfect in a farmhouse style kitchen for cookbooks!

This is the set of pretty ordinary metal bookends.

I painted this set with Fusion Mineral Paint in "Algonquin".  I stenciled the ends with more numbers.  I then waxed the bookends with clear wax.  I find that it gives the Fusion Mineral Paint an aged appearance that I like.

These bookends have a more "industrial" look.

More upcycled projects from my stash coming soon!  
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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