For whatever reason, I’m absolutely smitten with bookends. My family and I are definitely bibliophiles (lovers of books), so maybe that’s the appeal? Either way, you know I just couldn’t leave the vintage horse head bookends on the thrift store shelf…right? At first glance, they are in need of a bit of TLC, so I say…MINI MAKEOVER TIME!
It’s pretty obvious they are made in the likeness of carved wood. However, they’re actually a cast resin with hollow core, and are now showing chips and wear. However, while I want to embrace the vintage vibe of the “carved wood”, I also want to update them so they have many more years of supporting wonderful books.
This is a super fast and easy glazing technique I’m using today that I’ve shared in the past in various ways. Don’t blink! You can see it on this antique buffet HERE or a pair of thrifted table lamps in this post. First, I clean up the bookends with a bit of vinegar/water mixture (a 1:2 ratio). Then, I apply two coats of this tawny color called Restore.
Just make sure to let the coats cure in between layers. Also, note you can use any base coat you like. You can see a different variation in my garage door makeover.
Next, once the paint cures, I use a soft gray color paint thinned to use for glazing. Brush it on gently, then use a damp cloth to also gently wipe off the excess leaving the glaze in the nooks and crevices.
Finally, here’s my vintage horse head bookends with a brand new look. They still have that wooden vibe, but with a bit more French flair.
While I could have distressed to reveal the dark under-layer, but I felt they look fine the way they are. I’m curious…what would you have done with them?
Likewise, if you’d like to add this set to your home story, you can find them available in my online shop.
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Rebecca - NC says
I think of myself as a fairly creative person, but I pale in comparison to the master!! You can see the potential beauty waaay beyond what even the most creatives can. Incredible!!!! ???
Girl… you are too sweet. Thanks so much! I know we’d have fun working on projects together. 🙂
Cate Cooper says
They look great! Good job on you!
I guess they would also have been cool in a high gloss black with lightly burnished gold fittings for a really formal look.
Thanks! Yes, these fit my style. Any way is good if it fits you. 😀