From Arabian to Modern-Giving New Life

Before I go any further in this blog post.  To my cousin Sarah-if you are reading this, stop here!  Or don’t, it’s up to you.

Okay, moving on.

My roommate Hannah is a giraffe lover.  This includes giraffe blankets, giraffe calendars, a giraffe onesie, you get the point.  She got a set of giraffe bookends from her family for Christmas, thinking that they would be perfect for her.  The only problem was, they weren’t really Hannah’s style.

giraffe bookends

Now to be honest, I think that these look really cool.  I like the colors, all the textures, and the little mirrors lining the bottom and the back.  But, these are not Hannah’s style at all.  She is much more of a modern girl, not so Arabian.

giraffe bookends front view

When she said that she was getting rid of them, I took them.  I thought that I could paint them to give them a new look and give them to my cousin Sarah (who isn’t supposed to be reading this but might be anyway) for her birthday.

But what I didn’t realize, what how stubborn these bookends were going to be to paint them.  Are giraffes stubborn animals?

My original idea was to keep all of the little mirrors on the edges and the few that are on the giraffes.  I thought that it would look really cool to paint them a metallic silver to give them a modern look, but keep the mirrors.  So I painstakingly put Vaseline on all of the little mirrors so that way I didn’t have to tape all of them.

Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out the way I was hoping it would.  Once I sprayed the bookends silver and let them dry, I went to take the Vaseline off the mirrors.  But, when I was wiping off the the Vaseline, I was taking the paint off as well.

So, I just painted the entire thing anyway.  And here is the final product!

Giraffe finished

I love how they turned out!  They now look very modern and much better than the red and gold.  I also like how the edges look now that the mirrors are covered.

Single Giraffe

So, I hope that Sarah likes them!  I love how they turned out with the paint and I hope she loves them as much as I do.


6 thoughts on “From Arabian to Modern-Giving New Life

  1. Rose 's DIY Crafts at FineCraftGuild says:

    Beautiful makeover! Thank you so VEYR MUCH for joining us this week at the Fine Craft Guild’s linky party SHARE IT. A new party will open tomorrow (later in the day) – yahoo – and i hope to see you there again .


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