Thrift Shop Vintage Globe Bookends Upcycle

October 08, 2017

I purchased this set of vintage Made In Japan, Gifts Round the World bookends, at a thrift shop recently.  

I love globes but I want to lighten up my decor so I decided to paint the dark wood.

 I painted the wood bookends with Rustoleum Light Tint Base Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Chiffon Cream.  It needs to be mixed.

I pulled out my Andy Skinner Stencil-Industrial Elements stencil.

I cut my stencil apart.  It's almost impossible to stencil on a small surface with the 8x8 stencil.  So I cut out the arrow, "Journey" and "By Air Mail".  

All stencils were done with black acrylic craft paint.

When I cut apart a stencil, I store all the pieces together with a paper clip.

I distressed all the edges with my FolkArt Layering Wood Block.    Detailed instructions on the layering block are here.  

I used Ceramcoat Walnut Noyer acrylic paint with my layering block.

Upcycled Vintage Thrift Shop Globe Bookends
Upcycled Vintage Thrift Shop Globe Bookends
Lightened up, brightened up and stenciled.

Upcycled Vintage Thrift Shop Globe Bookends
Thrift shop bookends.

Upcycled Vintage Thrift Shop Globe Bookends
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. lovely I have a set...this gives me some ideas...also had the complete set of these books when I was younger...loved them...reminds me to look for them again

  2. Carlene, when I saw those, I remembered they sell on Etsy just like they were, but I must say, I love the paint & stencils! It really did brighten it up considerably. Lovely job! I'm sure they'll sell in your booth.

    1. I needed to lighten them up for my dark books and bookshelves!

  3. Wonderful! Prefect for a book lover! Amazing idea!

  4. These look great! My Mom had a set of these years ago.


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