I have been searching for bookends to hold my cookbooks for months. Until this morning, they were stored inside Mister’s Grandmother’s antique buffet/sideboard (honestly I don’t really know what the difference is between the two). The two that I use the most were just stacked on top with a recipe box topping them. It worked, but I love the look of all of them lined up on top.
I didn’t realize I even
wanted needed bookends until I seen these beauties.
I am loving the color (I would say I have become a tad bit obsessed with it lately). The little paisley wings are just lovely. But the price, *womp womp* not so much. I don’t remember the exact price, but I remembered that when I showed them to Mister, he gave me the “Are you out of your mind!?” look, and I bowed my head in defeat.
But now I had it in my head that I needed bookends. I search and search but everything I liked was way out of price range. So I decided that I should just DIY some. I didn’t want anything to chunky and heavy because I didn’t want something to gouge or dent the top of the buffet.
I stumbled across a blog called SewLikeSisters and found this post using Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, and the plain old metal book ends.
I went through my mental stash of scrapbook paper (I don’t have much) and remembered having a few pages of a pretty floral print. It has a vintage vibe with some places having a worn look to it and the print itself was reminiscent of older times. The post said it would take under 20 minutes. Challenge accepted!
I started by cleaning the dust off the bookends.
Next, I laid the paper print side down on the counter, laid the book ends on the sheet (I could fit both on one sheet) with the bottom lip hanging over the edge of the counter. I carefully cut out the paper.
Next I applied a thin layer of the Mod Podge directly to the outside of the book end with a foam paint brush.
You want to carefully lay the paper on the Mod Podge, and make sure you are lined up as you are doing it. Once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere! Now that the paper is on, I smoothed it out gently with my finger to get the air bubbles out.
I went over the paper with another thin coat of Mod Podge to help set things in place. I placed them outside in the sun to dry for about an hour.
I wanted them to have a sealer on them so that they can be dusted (eventually…when I actually remember to dust). I found this Acrylic Sealer in the spray paint isle. I chose the glossy finish.
sorry about the sideways picture. When I tried to rotate it, it looked really stumpy and it was hard to read the label.
I gave it some short and light squirts, sweeping from side to side and let it air dry for a few more hours out in the sun.
They were dry withing a few hours so I pulled out the cook books and filled the top of the buffet. (This wasn’t all of them, so I think I need to do some purging.)
Don’t mind the little rice puffed cereal on the floor. Little Miss seems to get more on the floor and in her chair than she does in her mouth.
In the end, I think it really only took me about 20 minutes (with out drying time of course) to get these done. I feel pretty accomplished because I managed to roll these babies out all before Noon!
This was my first time using Mod Podge (that didn’t involve elementary art class) and I’m looking around the house to see what I can ‘Podge next!
Do you have some success stories or even some failures using Mod Podge? I would love to hear them.