Route 66/Stop Sign Upcycled Bookends

March 24, 2019
I found a set of homemade wooden bookends at a garage sale a few years ago.  

They were stained a dark brown.

At this time, my first thought was to paint them with my new found love, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

I distressed the paint with sandpaper.

I then stenciled them with a number, and waxed them with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

Unfortunately, I used too much wax back then and many of my pieces had stain bleed through.  I sanded the bookends down with 100 grit sandpaper that removed most of the wax, and a lot of the paint.

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I then re-painted the bookends with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Hurricane Gray.

I distressed the edges and center areas a bit with sandpaper, that revealed both the brown stain and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

Now to decorate my gray bookends.

I recently purchased Route 66 magnets, (very inexpensive)

The magnet fronts are metal and the backs are a sticky rubber magnet.

I stuck my fingernail under the magnets and removed them.

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Then the metal fronts of the magnets were nailed onto my bookends.  Use a drill to make nail holes in the magnet signs.

I then waxed my bookends with Dixie Belle Best Dang Furniture Wax in Clear.  Dixie Belle Wax is a water based wax and much easier to apply than Annie Sloan Wax.  

I use the wax very sparingly, applying with a INTEX SUPPLY Fiber Rag, and rubbing it down with another fiber rag.

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Now my bookends are rustic and fun.

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Route 66 is such an iconic sign.  

I stenciled/upcycled a Kmart seasonal sign last summer using a stencil from Old Sign Stencils.

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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