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Transformed :: Metallic Brick Bookends

March 21st, 2013

DIY Gold Brick Bookends | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

Remember two weeks ago when I asked for opinions on which bookends I should DIY at home? Well, I wasn’t completely surprised to see an almost unanimous vote in both the comments and on twitter for the gold bricks. For my project, I took inspiration from the elements you all loved about those book ends, then made them a little more “Claire” by adding feminine lace detailing. Want to know how to make a pair to decorate your own stylish shelving? Keep reading for the very simple steps!

DIY Gold Brick Bookends | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

DIY Gold Brick Bookends | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

  1. Clean off your bricks with a hose and lay them out to dry.
  2. Once dry, wrap the lace trim around the brick to measure and cut 2 segments to size.
  3. With the brick standing upright long-ways, spray a layer of white paint on top half of it, covering all four sides.
  4. Once dry, spray a thin coat of the Krylon Easy-Tack Repositionable Adhesive onto the back of one of the lace trim pieces.
  5. Position lace and wrap around white part of brick.
  6. Spray a coat of gold paint carefully, covering the entire brick.
  7. When the paint is dry (it should dry quickly), delicately peel the lace off.
  8. Add the rubber pads to the bottom and voila!

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39 Comments under :: Transformed :: Metallic Brick Bookends
  1. Quinn Cooper says:

    What a great DIY. So simple and looks awesome. I’m loving gold and brass right now. Even without the lace trim they would look cute. There are so many possibilities. I also like how the brick looks imperfect, gives it a rustic/vintage vibe.
    Quinn Cooper Style

  2. love the simplicity! and the lace touch!

  3. Ms. Darcy says:

    Claire, if you ever decide to put all your ideas into book form, be sure to include this one. love the lace touch!

  4. aiyanajane says:

    cute idea! i love gold embellished anything and these book ends are a recycled piece.
    xo, aiyanajane
    http://www.citystylecountrysmile.com

  5. emily says:

    so cute!

  6. This is such a great DIY, Claire! I love that the “lace” is spray painted on.

    xo,
    Ashley

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Yay! So glad you like it! It took me a while to decide what to use to make the gold brick unique and I’m so happy that people like the lace addition.

  7. These are awesome! I love them!

  8. Kate says:

    So glad you figured out how to stick the lace firmly enough to get such a clear image. It really looks great. Carrie wants them!

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Thanks! I’m so happy with everyone’s positive responses, they were so fun and easy to make I hope a lot of people give it a DIY try. And yes, she can have them :)

  9. gail says:

    Brilliant idea as usual. I really like the lace.

  10. Kerri says:

    It turned out great! So glad you choose the gold bricks!

  11. [...] up and used in different ways, most often as book ends. But it didn’t occur to me until I saw this post on craftgawker that I should turn our gifted brick into something fun. When life hands you lemons…. you [...]

  12. ricedesigns says:

    I found this on craftgawker and I love it! Gold spray paint makes everything better :)
    You inspired me to get creative with the brick we were, uh, given (by way of being thrown into the windshield)! Thanks! I love your site.. so glad I found it!
    http://ricedesigns.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/when-someone-gives-you-a-brick/

    • clairezinnecker says:

      What a terrible story!! I am so sorry that happened to you but I love what you ended up doing with your brick! Can’t go wrong with white (or gold) is my motto! Thanks Katy!

  13. [...] up and used in different ways, most often as book ends. But it didn’t occur to me until I saw this post on craftgawker that I should turn our gifted brick into something fun. When life hands you lemons…. you [...]

  14. This is so absolutely amazing. A must do, for sure! Thank you so much for sharing :)

    - Rita

  15. [...] and be creative, this cheery DIY project is for you. It’s a bit more involved than my gold brick bookends from last month, but the end result is one that’ll totally transform an entryway or cozy nook [...]

  16. Amy says:

    Such a great simple idea, LOVE how they turned out.

  17. LanieBuck says:

    Just picked up some bricks, I will be trying this out this weekend!

  18. I love this, I have so many books and this is the perfect solution!

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  21. […] a similar ornamented look, try this Metallic Brick Bookends project from Camille Styles. Created by interior designer Claire Zinnecker, these bookends are so chic! Bricks, white and gold […]

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