How to Make a Set of Weighty Bookends

6:00:00 AM

Here's an idea for a plain old pair of bookends.

How to Make a Set of Weighty Book Ends.

You can turn them into a rust lover's dream!

Just give them a quick little spritz of Rustoleum metallic spray paint to heighten the color. 

Turn a set of book ends into a rusty set of weight bookends.

Next, we're going to junk them up with 2 old rusty 3 lb. barbells and some twine.

How to Turn a set of book ends into a rusty set of weight bookends.

I tied the barbells right onto the book ends with the twine.

Use barbell weights to make book ends.

They made a set of first class junky bookends perfect for a man cave or your craft room!

How to Use barbell weights to make book ends.

They're strong enough to hold up even your 
heaviest reading!

How to Use barbell weights to make DIY book ends.

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  1. Oh I like this idea, it is making me think about how I could use bookends after all.

  2. Hi Susan, I just bought a couple sets of those "yucky" metal bookends at the thrifts store with intentions of junking them up too. Wish I had some of those cool how you just tied them on with kind of project :) Chat soon, Laurel

  3. When I saw the bookend picture thought to myself, where is she going with this? Another amazing idea. Keep them coming girl. Love the bookends.

  4. What a clever idea! I just love projects like that.

    Enjoy your day,

  5. The most amazing part is that you found weights all rusty like that! I never see stuff like that in my area. Neat redo.

  6. Fantastic photos. I'm surprised again and again what is possible. So inspiring ... ;)

    Enjoy this week!


  7. so creative and totally inspiring. i like :)

  8. Such a creative idea and so simple. They turned out great. Thanks for linking to the party.

  9. What a cute idea! Susan, I do believe my Garage is full of weights like that ;)
    Love the idea, and it's perfect for an office too. Great job, Mrs.

  10. I love the "industrial" look of those bookends! Thanks for sharing that great idea.

  11. This is so cool! Love the look of a rusty weight. Who knew.


  12. This is a great idea! Love the barbells, perhaps spray paint them too! Thanks for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  13. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  14. What an awesome idea! I have some cast iron architectural stars that I need to do something with. This would be perfect for them. Thanks!
    (here from Dittle Dattle)

  15. You are very clever. I need to look to poke around in the garage for something to incorporate with you idea. Thanks!

  16. susan... these made me chuckle! What a great idea.

  17. What a clever idea!!
    Thanks for linking this up as well!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  18. What a great "weigh" to dress up those bookends! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  19. Bookends that can be a cellphone holder is really imaginative. I don't imagined that a bookends can be a cellphone holder too. Sounds good! When the time past, more and more people would surely try this one.

  20. It was a cool thing what you did to your book ends. With the barbels that you added, the book ends will also have additional support to the books.

  21. This decorative set of bookends is made of hand forged and hand hammered metal finished in heavily antiqued golden bronze.

  22. Look good, ideal for a man's study. Love it.

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