Vintage Farmhouse Decor with Architectural Salvage

Vintage Farmhouse Decor with Architectural Salvage

When I spotted a pair of plain bookends at the thrift store, I knew right away that they could become stunning vintage farmhouse decor with the right pieces of architectural salvage. I just needed to find the right “bits” to complete my vision.

Wooden bookends at thrift store for upcycling into decorative bookends and vintage farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The bookends were nice and heavy – but aren’t they just begging for something decorative to spruce them up?

Giving bookends a makeover into vintage farmhouse decor or vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I couldn’t find anything at my local architectural salvage store, so I turned to Etsy and found a pair of chippy white wooden finials (well, half finials) that were just the right size. Now I just needed to marry them together to become lovely vintage farmhouse decor. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Wooden finials or architectural salvage to upcycle into decorative bookends and vintage farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Upcycling Wooden Finials into Decorative Bookends

The first thing I did was rough up the surface of the thrifted bookends with 80-grit sandpaper and then drilled a pilot hole through the underside of each one. They were already a little scratched up here and there, as you may have noticed!

I also chose one of my favorite paint colors for their vintage farmhouse decor makeover. (You may have seen me use this paint before! First on my cork board project and again as part of a faux finish project that looked like oxidized copper.)

Painting decorative bookends with In the Moment by Behr for vintage farmhouse decor with architectural salvage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The bookends received two coats of paint and before I distressed them with 220-grit sandpaper. I did a heavier distressing than I normally do (i.e., more than just the edges). I really wanted these to have a vintage home decor look so that they’d work well with the wooden finials.

After I wiped away the sanding dust, I buffed on clear wax to protect the distressed finish. I used my Annie Sloan wax, but there are lots of other (cheaper) versions out there.

Using Annie Sloan soft wax on vintage farmhouse decor or vintage home decor and decorative bookends by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The bookends “cured” overnight (to allow the wax to harden a bit), and then I drilled screws up from the bottom into the wooden finials. I didn’t pre-drill pilot holes into the finials because the older wood was soft enough to take in the screws without a fight.

Vintage farmhouse decor or vintage home decor with architectural salvage on decorative bookends by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

One last step! To help my decorative bookends do their job well, I glued on some non-skid shelf liner to the underside of each one. The non-skid shelf liner also covered up the screw heads to protect the surface underneath the bookends, so it’s a double-duty material!

Adding non slip shelf liner underneath decorative bookends that have become vintage farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage Farmhouse Decor with Architectural Salvage

And that was it! Pretty easy and I simply love the end result- I adore how the dusty green color pops against the chippy white paint on the wooden finials.

Vintage home decor or vintage farmhouse decor by upcycling bookends from the thrift store with architectural salvage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Functional and gorgeous- a combination I never get tired of. And, of course, I have my never-ending weakness for upcycling architectural salvage, so…

Decorative bookends and vintage farmhouse decor from architectural salvage or wooden finials by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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And, as a bonus, it’s the second Wednesday of the month which means it’s Thrift Store Decor Team Day! To see how each of these pieces were upcycled, simply click the corresponding links underneath the collage.

Upcycling ideas for thrifted or thrift store pieces from the best upcycling bloggers around_February 20191. Vinyl Record Bowl

2. DIY Earring Holder

3. Lazy Susan Thrift Store Makeover

4. Folding Tray Table Stand Table

5. Vintage Farmhouse Decor with Architectural Salvage (that’s mine, you’re already here!)

6. DIY Aged Terracotta Pot

7. Decoupage Basket | Hydrangea Napkins

8. Vintage Look Tray Makeover

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I’m definitely curious- what would you have used to transform these bookends? I think there are probably all sorts of options.

If you’re interested in even more vintage farmhouse decor projects, please check out my entire collection here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Well those turned out cute! Love the shelf liner trick.

  2. I really love how those turned out! I think they could work with other styles of decor as well – I don’t have a lot of farmhouse but I bet I could make them work! Now to scour my fav thrift store…

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, definitely!! My house is a cluttered, eclectic mix so I understand – for me, the common denominator is “vintage” more than anything else!

  3. Patty Soriano says:

    I LOVE old books and these are the perfect bookends for such a collection. I’ll have to keep an eye open for something similar. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Sarah,

    That color is scrumptious!! I love how your bookends look with the finials attached!

    pinning!
    gail

  5. These are fabulous, I love how you “married” them together, they make the perfect couple 🙂

  6. Maggie Martin says:

    Great job on the bookends! I love the books.
    Thanks Sadie

  7. Love these bookends! So cute and not heavy looking.

  8. Wow, girl!!! These are stunning. I love the color, but adding that finial makes them so special and unique!!!

  9. That paint color!!! LOVE!!! They turned out so cute!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Isn’t it delicious??? Three projects so far with that color because I seriously can’t get enough of it!

  10. Naomi Shelton says:

    VERY cool!

  11. Another great project. Shelf liner is good for so many surfaces that you want to be nonskid. Your distressing + the finials’ chippiness is a great combo!

  12. Love them! I can’t believe you don’t have a local junk yard where you can find finials!

  13. I love everything about these, such a great up-cycle!

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