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Friday, August 27, 2010

DIY Gold-Encrusted Agate Bookends

I've told you before about my childhood love for the Nature Company, rock tumblers, and saving my allowance for a purchase at the Schiele Museum gift shop.  Generally speaking, however, these items don't really fit into my adult lifestyle.  But when I first saw these Eduardo Garza pink quartz bookends, it was love at first sight.  Then I saw the $875 price tag.  Truly, they are absolutely beautiful works of art.  But gosh, they are way out of my league.  Or are they?

I wanted to replicate the Garza bookends, but before actively seeking out some pink quartz, I decided to do a trial run on something I already owned.  A pair of purple agate bookends in my den would be perfect.  I bought them a few years ago for around $15.  They aren't too special, but I do like them.  They add a nice organic element to my bookshelf (and keep my inner rock collecting tendencies satisfied).

The purple inside the rock is pretty enough, but the brown "shell" around the outside of the bookend leaves a little something to be desired.

I bought some Liquid Leaf gold paint at Michaels.  It was very inexpensive- around $3 if I remember correctly (and you can always find a 40-50% off coupon online to print out and take with you to Michael's).

I did a test patch of the gold paint at first.  I wasn't sure if the porous rock would absorb it completely, but it seemed to work!

So I went to painting. 

It took a couple of coats to cover the rock, but it was really easy.

Ready to go!

Back on the bookshelf

What a nice change from the dull brown before!  I didn't mount it on a brass base like Garza, but that might be on my list when I locate some pink quartz. 

This is probably the easiest DIY project ever- definitely give it a shot.  The gold adds a welcome touch of glamour to my bookshelf!

Have a great weekend!


Bold and Beautiful said...

What a GREAT DIY! I absolutley loved this, and I rememeber seing those in Lonny and falling in Love with them. Thank you for sharing :)

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

OMGosh - Soooo doing this with my own! I'll have to email you post-pics!

Vicki said...

Like yours better than the pink.

Vicki said...

Like yours even better !!!

Betsy said...

That looks great! By the way, I recently purchased a faux bamboo sideboard from Craigslist and am painting it black--you inspired me to use gold leaf for the crevices. Thanks for all the wonderful DIY ideas, MOS!

Ashley said...

Great idea! I just recently used Liquid Leaf on the inside of a lampshade and it was so easy to use. Lovely, lovely work!

Julie said...

I like yours better than the pink quartz, honestly. They look great!

Pemberley said...

I like yours better than the pricey ones! Well done.

makingstuffanddoingthings said...

What a great project! I don't know if I could convince T to put gold bookends in our living room, but maybe a high gloss black? What do you think?

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Wow what a great DIY project MOS! This is something even I think I could do! I will definitely be on the lookout for the materials so that I can try and do this soon!

Nutbird said...

You rock MOS! How do we know which MOS you are? This would be a good kids project, like over 8 yrs old.

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