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!

  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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Comments (43)
  1. 1
    Quinn Cooper March 21, 2013 at 6:36 am

    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

    • clairezinnecker March 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thanks, Quinn! I love your site, so beautiful!

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    kate stafford March 21, 2013 at 8:44 am

    love the simplicity! and the lace touch!

    • clairezinnecker March 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Thanks friend! I’m so glad you like it!

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    Ms. Darcy March 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

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

    • clairezinnecker March 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks so much!! I would LOVE to put them all in a book…someday hopefully!

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    aiyanajane March 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    cute idea! i love gold embellished anything and these book ends are a recycled piece.
    xo, aiyanajane

    • clairezinnecker March 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you! Gold definitely brightens even the dullest thing.

  5. 5
    emily March 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    so cute!

    • clairezinnecker March 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks Emily!

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    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. March 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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


    • clairezinnecker March 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      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.

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    Lindsay {Everistta} March 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    These are awesome! I love them!

    • clairezinnecker March 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Lindsay!

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    Kate March 21, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    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 March 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

      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 🙂

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    gail March 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Brilliant idea as usual. I really like the lace.

    • clairezinnecker March 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks, Gail!

  10. 10
    Kerri March 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker March 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks Kerri!!

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    ricedesigns March 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    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!

    • clairezinnecker March 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      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!

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    Show me Pretty April 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

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

    – Rita

    • clairezinnecker April 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Rita! So happy you like it!

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    Amy April 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker April 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks Amy! So glad you like them!

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    LanieBuck April 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker April 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Hooray!! Would love to see how they turn out!

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    Is Everyone an Idiot but Me? July 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker July 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Yay! So glad to hear it!

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    chelsa November 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    What gold spray paint did you use? I love it!