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Vintage Horse Head Bookends Ready for Makeover

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!

Vintage Horsehead Bookends Before Makeover by prodigalpieces.com

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.

DIY TIME

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.

Painting Base Coat on Vintage Horse Head Bookends by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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 STEPS

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.

Applying Graywash Paint to Vintage Horse Head Bookends | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Style Decor Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

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.

Vintage Horse Head Bookends on Antique Upright Grand Piano by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #antique #home #farmhouse

Vintage Horse Head Bookend Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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?

Closeup of Vintage Horse Head Bookend by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #vintage

Faux Wood Vintage Horse Head Bookends by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #horse #home

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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Vintage Bookend Horse Head Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse

Antique Upright Grand Piano with Vintage Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home

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A thrifted set of vintage horse head bookends gets a much needed update with a glazing technique by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Up next, our patio makeover continues with a new build that I’m super excited to share with you. Stay tuned!

Patio Before Summer Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more mini makeovers like these vintage horse head bookends:

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Comments

  1. 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!!!! 💕🥰💕

    • Larissa says

      Girl… you are too sweet. Thanks so much! I know we’d have fun working on projects together. 🙂

  2. 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.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! Yes, these fit my style. Any way is good if it fits you. 😀

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