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The easiest DIY ever.

May 22, 2012

I am not a particularly crafty person. I wish I was — and I will read about and admire craft projects and DIYs until the cows come home — but I’m just not. So the fact that this weekend I created something pretty for my home — something that began life as an object totally different from what it ended up as — is a coup for me.

That being said, this is literally the easiest DIY in the whole world, and it cost me a whopping $7. Here’s the back story: I spotted this gilded bookends project in Martha Stewart Living awhile back and bookmarked it as something I’d love to make someday because it was so pretty and functional. But in typical Megan fashion, it got pushed to the bottom of my to-do list until this past weekend, when I was at my parents’ house and knew I could scrounge up some stray bricks and a can of gold spray paint.

And that’s pretty much the gist of it, honestly: Get your hands on a pair of bricks (I found four, so I made two sets of bookends) and coat them with metallic gold spray paint. Let dry, and then arrange on your bookshelves or nightstands as desired. Easy!

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    May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    First of all….your new blog design is fancy and lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚ Secondly, I love this idea! Easy enough even for me, perhaps. We’re building new bookcases right now, and I’m already thinking about how we’re going to fill them. Maybe I need something shiny!

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      May 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you, Miss Mary! And yes, it really is so easy…now I’m wondering what else I can spray paint. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I have a mountain of old bricks…and now I know just what to do with them. Whoohoo!

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    May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Awesome! I love the repurposing of objects and I love gold! I am always looking for new craft project ideas. : )

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      May 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Me too…love gold shiny anything, and this looks so nice against the light pink walls in my bedroom.

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    May 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Yes, I totally love this awesome DIY! If only we had more bookshelves in our apartment…

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      May 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Hmmm–I could see these also being used as pretty door stoppers… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    May 23, 2012 at 2:28 am

    This is a fantastic idea – it’s usually the simple things that turn out so impressive. Would be pretty used in a garden, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    May 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

    So, this was what the gold paint was for. love them! they look fabulous.
    And love the new blog design. xx

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