A Thoughtful Place: {DIY} Quick & Easy Brass Bookends

11.15.2012

{DIY} Quick & Easy Brass Bookends

The other day I mentioned that I have a new white Expedit in the house. I am loving every minute of styling this piece of heaven. Heaven because it is all mine! I have moved my decorating and design books to a new spot and have some easy DIY brass bookends to show you.

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I can spend hours pouring over some of my favorite design and DIY books. My latest addition to the collection is Young House Love by John and Sherry. A couple who is living the dream if you ask me!!! If you are looking to jump into some DIY projects around your home, this book is an awesome place to start. Congrats to John and Sherry for creating such a fantastic book. 

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John and Sherry of Young House Love created these brass bookends and I knew I had to recreate them. Super simple and such a cute impact. They sprayed their lids as well which is really cute. To be honest, I had tossed my lids long ago since I normally use mason jars for flowers. Here is how they started out:

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Do you remember when I showed you these? My sister and I threw my mom a birthday party in her back yard and we sprayed mason jars this pretty teal color. I have had them floating around my home and up in the cupboard. No one really needs ten teal jars laying around so it was a quick coat of brass spray paint to give these babies a new life. I placed rocks in the bottom of each one to give them the necessary weight.

 

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I like the little touch of brass against the glossy white Expedit. I have to say that I am loving every minute of making this little space all my own. I am so used to designing everything in our home to be for the whole family. Not gonna lie! Mama digs having her own space! What about you? Have you carved out a little spot for yourself?

24 comments :

  1. Cute idea! I would have never thought of painting the glass jars!

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  2. Can't wait to see this new space :) Love the new bookends!

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  3. Love your expedit! And how cute are those jars? I think this is another book to add to my long wish list. By the way, loved your Avery post. Your work space is so pretty and organized - not one bit surprised. :)

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  4. Ooh what an easy way to add some metallic shine to your shelves. I gotta try this one out too!

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  5. Wow--what a great idea! I love taking pictures from mags and re-creating it for our Manor. And mason jars totally rock!

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  6. These look so pretty! We have an Expedit shelf in our home and we LOVE it! We actually use it to store all of my pretty dishes right off of our kitchen. Very handy!

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  7. Such a great idea. I need to put up their book too. I think Elie would love it as well. Dying to see your space.

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  8. Adorable!!! I "need" gold spray paint!!

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  9. Thanks for the sweet comments. Why is it that a quick coat of spray paint makes me so giddy. Not normal, I know!

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  10. Love those jars. Such a simple idea and makes a big impact. One of my best friends is gold spray paint! I need to add that book on my wish list for Santa.

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  11. Oh my gosh, such a great idea! So sweet.

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  12. I hear ya on the loving your own little space! I'm pretty sure I have a little expedit cube shelf that's all mine (with my mirror and baubles stored on it) and it is my little slice of heaven (c: Those bookends are *brilliant*...I've been needing some for baby girl's bedroom for a while and I could *totally* accomplish this DIY (c:

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  13. Love this idea! I have a crate of small mason jars that I planned to can with this summer, and never did, but I might need to use a few for this!

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  14. So cute and simple! I haven't bought the book yet, but I definitely plan to.

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  15. I'm loving that book so much! This is such a cute idea!

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  16. Adorable idea. I have all those books, but need the YHL one! :)

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  17. What a cute idea! I definitely need to do this. And get that book too!

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  18. This is simple yet so beautiful! Nice idea! misselayneousthings.blogspot.com

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  19. I looooooove how you work a mason jar my dear! Perfection every time! xoxo shel

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  20. So cute! and since you left the lids off, you can fill them with pencils, etc that you need in your office! Or fresh flowers! I need to get my hands on that book!

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  21. I love how they turned out and they look so so darling next to your books on the white Expedit! I have so many pages flagged to do from there book! Fun to see one of their projects come to life here.

    xo!
    Jen

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  22. Awesome job, Courtney! They look great next to the colorful books. LOVE Sherry and John's book!

    And how excited are you that Notre Dame football will be #1? Everyone from my neck of the woods was going crazy on FB last night.

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  23. I have been trying to come up with a cheap bookend idea. This is perfect! I still haven't got reading their book even though I ordered in advance (lame I know) --too much holiday fun!

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