We don’t get much call for a beachy vibe in the Chicago ‘burbs,but it’s kind of fun to finish up part of the summer with a little taste coastal decor/beach decor feel.Coastal decor bookends were needed!
They were really easy, and I loved how they turned out
just by using 2 -5 inch tall inexpensive plinth blocks (The kind you normally use at the base of trim .), and some metal L-brackets.
First paint stripes on the flat part of the blocks to get that coastal decor/beachy feel. I used a dark blue, an aqua blue and a pretty gray.
Once they were dry, flip them over and paint the backs white to match the front. Wait for everything to dry.
When everything was totally dry, mark where the L-brackets would go and attach them with screws.
Once on my mantel, and I realized that I didn’t want to just use any,old ordinary books. After searching for nautical book titles, I used Picmonkey to create lettering combinations. With pages from an old road atlas, I used the maps that had the most water showing to get that “traveled feel”. I transferred the lettering to the spines. I love using old maps from old projects like this 10 minute DIY wall art.
The Old man and the Sea, Mutiny on the Bounty,The Sea Wolf, and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the sea are some great sea-worthy titles. I was going to use Moby Dick, but to be honest, even in scripty letters, it still didn’t look right.
I styled them on the mantel with some blue vases I had on hand, and the one lone sea shell I could wrangle away from my kids. 🙂
It looks fresh inspired by the coastal decor bookends and blue.
What do you think about using coastal decor? Is it something you like to use in your own home or add touches of?
If you love coastal decor you’ll also love this coastal decor table,and
these hand-stamped coasters.