Hold Me Close: Bookend ideas

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Hold Me Close: Bookend ideasby househomeon.Hold Me Close: Bookend ideasMy husband and I both love to read and have way too many books! We have one room dedicated to all of our books and I’ll show it to you in my next room tour! Here are some items I like to use as bookends. First are these artichoke-looking statues. I found them a long […]

My husband and I both love to read and have way too many books! We have one room dedicated to all of our books and I’ll show it to you in my next room tour! Here are some items I like to use as bookends.

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First are these artichoke-looking statues. I found them a long time ago at Burlington Coat Factory and I thought they were really unique and pretty.

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My daughter also loves to read and has so many books. I try to keep hers organized the best that I can. I find that using her existing 3D art pieces work well as kid bookends. She painted this little birdhouse. Or try using your kid’s lego creation as a bookend. Heavy but small bean-filled animals could work also. Cute, but useful for keeping books in order.

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I have many cookbooks and here are a few of my favorites. To keep them looking neat on the kitchen counter, I use my owl canisters as bookends. They do double-duty by holding my sugar and my books.

I’ve got a million books, and nowhere to put them, so I don’t have a lot of bookends sitting around. BUT, when I do find a place to put a few of my treasured collection, I like to find something fun (and heavy) to hold ’em all up. The best idea ever? Three steps:

  • Find something heavy at a thrift store
    Paint that heavy thing
    Put it next to books
  • Sound silly and simple? That’s because it is! Here’s one I’ve completed (pics from my previous blog):

    So, I picked up a soccer trophy that was pretty hefty in weight at a local thrift store.

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    I gave it a coat of white primer, and then picked a sunny yellow to top it off.

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    And now it serves as a great bookend for some DVDs in our kids’ room.

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    Pretty, bright, and whimsical. But trophies are hard to find at thrift stores, so if you’re stumped, here are a few other random things I discovered at my local Value Village (love them) that could easily be painted bright and used to keeps your books looking good:

    This little guy would look not-so-ferocious if painted a bright white:

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    This pineapple barely needs paint, but I’d bling it out in a brighter gold:

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    Perfect for Halloween decor or to paint up for a pirate-themed room:

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    I’d lighten this guy up with a lime green or a hot pink:

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    So, pretty easy steps, and it’s really fun to dig through a thrift store and find something silly to use to bring some whimsy into your place!

    Stay tuned tomorrow for a special Thursday edition of House, Home, Habitat, where Julia will walk everyone through a bookend DIY project!

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