Ashley's Office DIY Decor

CRAZY SIMPLE DIY BOOKENDS

brick bookend

Greg and I had a doozy of a weekend. We set out to tackle our major to-do list which consisted of boring stuff like filing, blog maintenance, getting the oil changed, clearing off the patio, etc. Just when we were about done… it’s Monday. Ugh.

Nevertheless, over the course of our ultra busy weekend, I managed to finally finish unpacking my office stuff and load the final pieces into the new storage furniture (more on those here). One of the things I wanted to keep in the tall storage cabinet is a set of my favorite and most referenced books.Β The only problem was that I needed a bookend. Rather than going out and buying a set of bookends, when I only needed one, I put on my thinking cap and decided to make one.

I grabbed one of the extra bricks we have stacked up next to the carport and wrapped it with a piece of scrapbook paper. Yes, so simple it’s stupid. Since it looked like a plain gray box, I thought it needed something a little extra. I ordered a vinyl number 7 (for $5) from the go-to queen of vinyl, Shelley, over at The House of Smiths.

I followed her easy instructions and instantly had a one-of-a-kind, personalized bookend. Yes, a ridiculously simple solution. My favorite kind.

A full “Storage Cabinets: Cribs Style” post is coming your way on Wednesday, but until then, here’s a sneak peak – and what the new bookend looks like in the newly organized cabinet:

martha stewart living craft furniture

Since a post is always 100% better with a cute photo of a furry animal, here’s a shot of Bentley basking in the sunlight on the patio this weekend…

He thinks he’s hot stuff.

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14 Comments

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    Kam
    May 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Hi, I know that you may have mentioned it before, but I didt found it…What kind of breed Bentley is?
    Im looking for dog to be with me at home and I really love yours !!! thank you!

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      Ashley
      May 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks! He’s a Pomeranian : )

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    Yasmine
    May 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    So simple. So smart. So cute!

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    HEIDI A
    May 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I NEEDED ONLY ONE BOOKEND ONCE AND USED A LARGE ROCK. NEEDLESS TO SAY I LIKE YOUR IDEA A LOT BETTER:) GREAT IDEA AND ADDING THE VINYL LETTER WAS A PERFECT FINISH. LOOKS WONDERFUL SITTING ALONG SIDE THE BOOKS! AND BENTLEY? SO CUTE!

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    Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    May 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    So simple and clever! During the holidays, you can always add a bow or ribbon since it’s already wrapped!

    We had the same exact weekend, running around getting chores & odd projects done. Today is really hurting.

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    Rita
    May 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Love your brick solution. The 23rd house on the right here in Georgia did absolutely nothing this weekend and I’m paying for it today:( Your blog is always on my must read list!

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    Amanda
    May 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Genius – it looks very cute!

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    Ruth
    May 8, 2012 at 3:50 am

    The best ideas are always simple! Love the look.

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    Alana @ Domestic Bliss Diaries
    May 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Yes, those “so simple it’s stupid” ideas usually are the best! Definitely the case here. You’ve done a great job styling those shelves. Did I see Washi tape corralled in a jar? Genius!

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      Ashley
      May 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Yep, gotta have Washi tape! : )

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    Megan and Emily @WhimsicallyHomemade
    May 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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      Ashley
      May 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Not a problem! : ) Thanks for sharing!

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    Ruth Ann Anderson
    September 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    So simple yet the right” touch ” to hold up the books…raa

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