Hi, I am Carmody of Paper & Fox, a DIY blog, full of crafty projects and clever ideas. I am a big upcycle and thrift store fan. I love when something as simple as paint and a little creativity can turn a tired piece of furniture into something really spectacular. I grew up and live with my family in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte supplies us with some pretty awesome thrift stores. My husband and I treat thrift store shopping as a competitive sport. I think that I knocked it out of the park with this little project.
My Funky Junk Craft project started with a trip to Goodwill, where I came across a lonely wood bookend in the shape of a shell. I love all things nautical and water related, so this guy jumped out at me. This poor bookend did not even have a mate. It was weathered and probably spent some time outside, but it had a great shell shape 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 a week later. 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 toddler, 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. The cost of the can of spray-paint was $3.60.
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. My goal was to have the modern “dipped” look and a patina effect all in one. I think these two mismatched bookends make a great team. Currently, I have them in my office and like how they look against the blue walls. What do you think? This was an easy project that cost under $10 to create. Easy and cheap is a great combination… for Funky Junk Crafts.
I hope you enjoyed my Funky Junk Craft project as much as I did creating it. For more crafty projects and clever ideas, please visit me at PaperandFox.com.