Sunday, September 25, 2011

Crafts: Chalkboard Bookends


These bookends are sturdy and up to the challenge of holding upright a large collection of cookbooks of various sizes but they are not all that attractive.  I decided to spray paint them with chalkboard paint and write my daughter and son in law's names on them.  They have a substantial collection of cookbooks atop their kitchen breakfront which was crying out for some support.
Following the directions on the can, I did about 3 coats of paint allowing it to dry in between.  After waiting 24 hours, I seasoned the bookends by running the side of a piece of chalk over the surface and wiping it off.  An easy fix!
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51 comments:

Manzanita said...

Wonderful idea. I have some bookends like these. Hummmm?
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

That is a great idea..Love it with the cookbooks!

Meg said...

Very cool. Love this idea!

Jill said...

Great idea! I always love the inventive ways people come up with for chalkboard paint! Never seen this before!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Mandy said...

What a cool idea!!! Love it,
Mandy

Holly said...

Really cute idea! Love it!

Holly
www.lifeasathrifter.blogspot.com
Hope you'll stop by!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Following you from Monday hop. This is a clever idea, btw.
Love it!!!
ladeedacreations.com

Emily said...

Smart idea!

Thanks so much for linking up with Super Stalker Sunday hop again. Nice to see you!

Best,
Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

Skylar Magazine said...

This is my kind of blog, I love all of these things. My name is Sarah, I am a new follower from Monday Mingle blog hop and would love for you to come follow back. Here is my link http://skylarinc.blogspot.com/. Thanks:)

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

These are so much better than the original! What a great idea. I'm going to be keeping my eyes open for some at Goodwill!

PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on on my blog right now. Come by when you get a chance! :)

Jen said...

What a great idea! I could use a few sets of these myself. :)

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What a genius idea!

gotjoy3 said...

NeaT!!!

Nellene said...

Okay, this is just too cute! I'm going to make a pair and give them with some cookbooks for my next wedding shower gift. Perfect for writing your "well wishes" on the bookends. Thanks for the idea...

MelissaAggie98 said...

Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by again soon! Have a great day! :)

http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com

LV said...

You are very talented in your thinking and creations.

Ann said...

I have been wanting to try chalkboard paint for the longest time. This maybe a first project for me. I have that Betty Crocker cookbook that I got in 1966 for a wedding gift. I have taped it many times and use it many times.
ann

Jami said...

Your bookends are AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Mecky said...

Very nifty idea!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

What a fabulous idea...your book ends are unique and beautiful! Kudos to you!

Mindy said...

Stopping by from the alexa blog hop! I'd love it if you'd come check out my page - http://moneysavingmindy.blogspot.com.

Thanks!

Mindy :)

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

New follower from the blog hop!! Cute idea!

~Nikki @ Everything Under the Moon

Stop by and give us a visit!!http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com

TigerEyes2001 said...

Great idea! And cute to boot! :) Hi! New follower from the Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop! I hope you follow back! Thanks! :) Through the Eyes of a Tiger

Cheryl said...

Wonderful idea. Running to the garage to get my chalkboard paint....

Zoe said...

I hopped over from Follow Me Fridays on Trendy Treehouse. Love this idea- I have seen the chalkboard paint, but not in spray paint before- I will have to check it out!! Have a great weekend!
Zoe

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a neat idea- I love how those came out!! So charming! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime!

Karen said...

There are endless options for chalkboard paint! The bookends are really cute- and so simple.

Nora B. Peevy said...

Well, aren't you the very creative one? I found your link on The Weekend Creation Blog Hop and hopped on over for a peek. I have never tried chalkboard paint, but have always wanted to use it. Glad to know the product works.

The bookends turned out beautifully. That is a great gift idea for so many people and very personal. I love it and your blog is chockful of great stuff.

I also see these ugly used bookends popping up at Goodwill. I am a fan of recycling whenever possible. This would be so cheap to do. And so chic.

Your added craft links at the bottom caught my eye. I am going to check out the cork one.

I am your newest follower. Follow back, if you haven't already and hop on over to my blog for an article by author J. Carson Black about designing a professional/successful book cover and how to brand yourself as a product.

For all you crafters out there, I posted an article with links to Halloween decorations made from recycled books in the past week. They are really cool, so come check it out.

-Nora
http://norabpeevy.blogspot.com/

Penny said...

What a wonderful idea...there is so much you can do with apray paint!! Good job!

shah wharton said...

Fabulously creative as ever - thanks for linking up at creation blog hop. Have a great weekend. Shah .X

MissMOE said...

Wow! What a wonderful, easy, creative solution! I'm a new follower from the Friday Blog Hop--would love a follow back.

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Great idea! I love to paint with chalkboard paint. It's fun, and I can always use another set of book ends for the many books I have.

Erin O'Riordan said...

What a cute idea!

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

That is such a great idea! I'm thinking it would be great for a kid's room too! And how simple!!

Thanks for the idea!

Heather

I want to sit in front of that flower market all day long!

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

So smart and crafty! I am a little obsessed with chalkboard paint right now, even though I haven't used it yet..lol Stopping by from Trendy Treehouse Friday Follow, lovely to meet you :)

chubskulit said...

I love Saturdays, lots of Pinktastic stuff to see. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pink!

My Pink is here, hope you can come by and see. Have a great week weekend!

Theresa said...

Following you from the Friday Over 40 blog hop. I would appreciate it if you would follow me back. I love your bookend idea!!

chatterfromtexas.blogspot.com
and
Note Cards and Photos by Theresa

Shirley said...

Clever, clever girl!! : ))

Sara said...

this is a really cute idea. I will have to try something like this.

Shah Wharton said...

Thanks for linking up at creation blog hop - Since I only read e-books these would be redundant for me now. Although I do have paper-books, the are either in my bookcase or filed away in boxes. But these do look splendid - has to be said. ;D X

Misty Kearns said...

What a great idea! I really enjoyed exploring your blog! I enjoyed the photos from Italy as I had visited there about 6 years ago and loved it! I found you through the Follow Me Friday Hop! I hope you will visit my blog as well - http://ceoofmeinc.com

Jenn Erickson said...

I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for a set of book ends like the ones you used for your project! What a fabulous idea to chalkboard paint them! Love it!

Always a joy to have you be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

Jenn

Kim @ The Sasse Life said...

New follower from Tuesday train.
Kim
www.thesasselife.com

Briana Richardson said...

I love it! Great blog! I found you via blog hop and I am your newest follower!
Briana @ babblingsandmore.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

So cute!

JRFrugalMom said...

Those are really neat!

Thank you for participating in last week’s Wednesday Window @ Frugality Is Free. I hope you’ll stop by to link up your favorite blog post this week as well.

Amanda T said...

How cute :)

Thanks for joining in for this weeks Wobble Over Wednesday.

Kim Croisant said...

Love the book end idea!!!!
I'm your newest follower and am new at this blog thing. I love crafts and you blog has inspired me to go finish my craft.

Please follow back :)
www.mommieagainblog.blogspot.com

mostraum said...

Oh, I like those. Great idea.

beachside cottage Linda said...

Hi - am your Newest FOLLOWER via the sat blog hop - nice to meet you!

I love your blog - the chalkboard book ends are a great idea! I also love all the travel sidebar options - have you been to all those places? Wow!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend - raining down here, but otherwise has been beautiful lately (South Florida)

Best Wishes,

Linda
beachside cottage

Elizabeth Owens said...

I found you on a blog hop, I am a new follower.
What a great idea. The bookends look GREAT now! Love that you wrote on them, the perfect little touch

www.theladiesloungeguide.blogspot.com

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