My grandparents on Tom’s side just recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. The traditional and modern 35th wedding anniversary gifts are coral and jade, which aren’t exactly the easiest gifts to find… Liz and Tom found a nice jade-colored picture frame from Home Goods, but weren’t as successful with a coral gift. They liked the coral accent pieces found below from Black Band Home & Design, but weren’t sure about the colors.
Liz remembered seeing a tutorial from Beth at Home Stories A to Z, on how to make faux coral (inspired by Pottery Barn). Beth’s results looked great, so Tom and Liz decided to use this tutorial to make some cute shabby chic coral bookends!
The bookends were surprisingly easy to make. The main supplies they used were two “innkeeper signboards” (which they found at their local craft store) and two faux coral fish tank decorations (found at Petco).
They then cut each of the signboards in half and attached the sides as shown below using wood glue and a few nails. A 45 degree cut would have looked A LOT better, but Tom’s mitre saw was too small to make the cut — so they improvised!
They used the same shabby chic painting technique as the one they used to refinish their set of shabby chic benches. They painted the corners of the bookend pieces (and any other places where the shabby look would pop through) using brown paint.
They used steel wool to sand down the corners…
P.S. I’m linking to some craft blog parties, so be sure to check out my friends listed on my links page for other great DIY projects and transformations!