Easy DIY: "Dipped" Brick Bookends


You guys may remember this post, where I talked about painting some bricks gold and making them into bookends. Well, I finally did it this weekend! I added my own twist by painting the bottoms robin's egg blue (you know how I love that dipped/half-painted trend). I really like how they turned out, and it was a cheap & easy project that could be finished in one afternoon.

Easy DIY: Dipped brick bookends

For this project, you will need a couple of bricks, some gold spray paint, painter's tape, and acrylic paint in the color of your choice. I picked these bricks from my parent's backyard because I liked how the tops of them were jagged and uneven. Then I spray painted both bricks gold (do this outside, with some paper underneath). After they were fully dried, I used blue painter's tape to cover the area I was not going to paint blue, making sure this area was even on both bricks. Then I painted the uncovered area with the acrylic paint! I didn't take any in progress pictures because the process was pretty simple--but let me know if you have any questions!

Painted bookends | At Home in Love

Dipped bookends!

Pretty pink peonies | At Home in Love

On a side note, how pretty are these peonies from Ben's parent's backyard?? We've had them for a week and they're still going strong.

Brick bookends | At Home in Love

Painted brick bookends | At Home in Love

DIY brick bookends (cheap & easy!)

So, what do you guys think of this DIY project? If you're in need of some bookends, I definitely recommend making these--or your own version. I'd love to see a picture if you do!

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Monday, June 17th, 2013

    i bet you could washi tape the ends too and get a similar dipped effect!
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  2. Posted by Debbie on Monday, June 17th, 2013

    I love these kinds of DIY projects. Gold bricks! Perfect!
  3. Posted by Sarah D on Monday, June 17th, 2013

    Love these bookends! And all your colorful books to go between them. I can't wait to see your house:)
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

      Thank you! I love all those books--you're welcome to borrow them anytime. I can't wait to have you over!
  4. Posted by Ben on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

    It looks great! Glad you did this :D
  5. Posted by Renae on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

    I really want to try this too. I'm going to use some bricks from our paver project at our last house for a fun reminder of that place! Forgot to grab them last time I was home...
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

      Sweet! I love when decor elements have sentimental meaning.
  6. Posted by Jeanine on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

    wow, thank you so much for this share. I posted a longgg time ago about some painted brick books, that I had found on line. These are definitely much prettier! Thank you for the inspiration. We have a few heavier blocks of wood & brick I could imagine using for this stylish diy. ;D
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

      Awesome! I'm glad you liked this post :)
  7. Posted by mignonnie on Monday, October 28th, 2013

    I think that bricks need no paint for they are beautiful itself, though may be a project some time to spend on which I don't have...
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  11. Posted by Pearl Melamu on Monday, March 20th, 2017

    I am going to try this. its indeed interesting. Today I collected some bricks and covered them with paper so they dnt scratch my library shelves. so now I am going to try this idea.
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