I wanted to redo my abused brass auction bookends. I really would have loved to use them as is since I love brass but they were so scratched and used that I decided to give them a makeover. Just polishing them with Brasso didn’t work.
Take a guess on what I used. Alright, yes, it’s another Sharpie marker project. I couldn’t help myself. I told you last week how obsessed I was with the Pinterest sharpie projects (like this, this and this one) but I wanted to put my own spin on it this time. No mugs, plates or Sharpie walls.
After running around the house and using the gold magic marker on some flower pots, tea light holders and frames (click here), I had an idea! Since I couldn’t get the scratches out of the bookends, I ended up priming them with metal primer and then painting them white.
I have been wanting to incorporate a monogram in our house for a long time. My husband and I are fortunate to share the same initials, JK that is. So I decided to give it a try on the bookends. And why not use some Greek keys as well, right?
Gold Monogrammed Greek Key Bookend
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I started with making a template in Adobe Illustrator, that I printed out and then copied onto the bookends with transfer paper. If you don’t have Adobe Illustrator, I’m sure you can just use a template that you drew by hand. All you need to do at the end is trace your lines with the Sharpie and you are done.
I think the outcome looks like a million bucks, don’t you?
And the project was so cheap:
- 2 bookends (only one of them got done) for $1 – you could easily make your own bookends from a square block of wood
- metal primer and white spray paint
- transfer paper and pencil
- one gold (oil based) paint sharpie marker