A repurposed bookend project

I was visiting family and friends in Phoenix last week and was helping my mom organize a few things. She showed me a book case she’s been working on and she had come with the most creative idea! She took part of a mantle and turned it into a bookend! Let me backtrack….

When I was little I used to do the Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies workout videos with my friends. Don’t ask me why…..I have no idea and I thought I would never tell anyone that. Anyways, the only picture I had of the original mantle was of me doing the Richard Simmons’ video. I conveniently cropped myself out of the photo (though I know you desperately wanted to see me in my shirt with a giant Yorkie on it. Don’t ask me about that either……)

Here’s what the mantle used to look like:Recent040

Once the mantle came down, there were several supporting pieces that could have been destined for the trash.


However, my mom decided to use one as a shabby chic bookend!


How cute and clever! This fix not only kept something out of a landfill, but also created a super original and functional piece of decor.