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Sexy Rexy

2012 December 21
by Katie

When we were kitchenless, one of the things that helped me survive was doing random small projects.  Rexy was one of them.  And yes, I realize that it’s not a tyrannosaurus rex.  I just called it that because saying “Sexy Rexy” makes me laugh.  Hollah Empire Records fans!

As you can see in this old photo, I started this dino project a long time ago (check out the plastic dinos on the table)… 

Yes…the project has been spinned on Pinterest (spinterested?) a million and a half ways…and this is my cheapo version. 

I took a plastic triceratops dinosaur from the Dollar Store and a scrap piece of 4×4 from the basement workroom and decided to make a bookend.

Technically speaking, I was making two bookends. 

I glued those bad boys together with some pretty super stuff…

And got to painting.  First I used a spray primer on the whole thing…nothing too perfect. 

Then I used a stiff bristle craft brush and some acrylic craft paint to paint the whole thing white.

The bases were sanded but there was still a lot of natural texture so that is why you want to use a stiff bristle brush…there might be cracks or nooks or crannys to push paint into.

Now I could have left it like this.  It’s very ‘ceramic-animal-esque’…Sherry, you like?

But it was intended to be bookends for Will’s room and I wanted them to have a splash of something more.  I whipped out my Frog Tape (high five up top for FT!) and some more paint…this time it was Flag Red…

My first step was to tape off the tops.  I wanted this to look dipped…so a bit of tape made it look perfectly straight.  I take an old library card and rub the edges to get it to seal up nice and tight.  I’ve heard rubbing a wet paper towel over the edges makes it perfect too!

Apparently Flag Red was really code for Neon Red.  Looks like a color option for Katy Perry’s hair.

I couldn’t take the glare…literally I could hear my eyes sizzling.    So that’s when I decided to go for the gold.  Since Will’s room has some gold frames in it and some neutral browns in the globes and the wall color, I knew that gold metallic paint would blend nicely.

Three coats later it was complete…  

Oh sexy rexy. 

And here they are holding up some of Will’s books…

They look modern, right?  Subtle and boyish :)

I still might steal them.  I just love those screaming Triceratops and the gold bottoms.  I never dreamed I would write that sentence :)

p.s.  This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape for Bower Power’s Frog Tape Fridays. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and yes, I still love a gilded bottom :)

30 Responses leave one →
  1. December 21, 2012

    ohhhh man….I love it! I am loving the “dipped” look and I hope it stays “in” for many years. Like stripes :)

  2. December 21, 2012

    It’s REX MANNING DAY! Say no more… mon amour!

    I love Empire Records so much. Also, I love these totes adorbs book ends.

  3. Sarah permalink
    December 21, 2012

    Um… I haven’t even read this post yet but I had to give you an Empire Records high five. One of my many favorite teen movies. And music movies. Love it!

  4. December 21, 2012

    LOVE these… what a great idea! My 1 year old {in t-minus 6 days} has SO MANY BOOKS and I’ve been on the look out for a great bookends. Sexy Rexy is all too inspiring! :)

  5. December 21, 2012

    I totally was like “I LOVE EMPIRE RECORDS!!!!!!!!” when I read the title of this on my google reader.

    Also those are super cute.

  6. Joell Rodriguez permalink
    December 21, 2012

    “Who knows where thoughts come from… They just appear!” Loooove empire records!

  7. December 21, 2012

    they look great! the gold was an awesome choice!

  8. Laura permalink
    December 21, 2012

    I think the gold is great, especially in that last picture, where you can really see the wood texture. It’s like an organic, natural wood tone, but all fancy. :)

  9. December 21, 2012

    Hi Katie; my name is Beverly, I live in the SF Bay Area. I found your Dec 22 2010 Tree Trio after 25 plus google searches. I saw a brief TV ad for the Today show, and something similar was in Al Roker’s office! Where could I see it again to copy it- on your blog of all places!
    Happy Holidays & Thanks from a random fan!
    P.S. My daughter in law is a new Mom, and does her journaling in a blog. I don’t think she even opened the Baby book she received at her shower… I love new technologies, but some of the traditional events, like first haircut can easily get overlooked.

  10. December 21, 2012

    Okay darn it. It’s time for me to jump on board. Love this kid twist!! So cute. The dipped is the perfect touch!

  11. December 21, 2012

    Oh my gosh I am in love. I can’t wait to see what I can do with this. Really really great job Katie!

  12. mribaro permalink
    December 22, 2012

    Goregeous! If they were mine, I’d turn them so they both face the books, like mirror reflection pose in your photo with blue background.

  13. December 22, 2012


    ah love the bookends too

  14. Holley permalink
    December 22, 2012

    I love your blog already, but you just got about a million bonus points for an Empire Records reference. That movie is forever in my top 5! One of my friends just started a music blog, which she named “Stop calling me Warren”. The movie makes me love people more. :)

  15. Christine permalink
    December 22, 2012

    Ah! I knew exactly what movie you were referencing when I read the title!!!

    So many quotable lines, pretty sure my sister and use them in everyday life.

  16. Dawn Ritchie permalink
    December 22, 2012

    Yeah… The title alone woulda made me read this post.

    Thanks for the book end ideas, too!

  17. December 22, 2012

    Super cute! I was so excited to read the post because I thought there had been divine intervention and you were now a Husker/Rex Burkhead fan. :)

    • Kayleigh permalink
      December 26, 2012

      Yes!! So glad I’m not the only one who IMMEDIATELY translated “Sexy Rexy” to Husker talk ;)

  18. Regina permalink
    December 22, 2012

    Haven’t read the post, but I have to give you props for your Empire Records reference! LOVE that movie!!

    I’m going to watch it now- after I finish reading your post :)

  19. December 22, 2012

    “I really think Musictown is torn on the revealing garment issue.”

    Love it. And your bookends.

  20. anna permalink
    December 22, 2012

    i am dying over that fabric you’ll make into draperies. do you know who made it? i must have it!

  21. Lara permalink
    December 23, 2012

    Love the Empire Records ref!! I love these bookends. We have a “Niece” bedroom at our place (for when any of the girls want to spend the night and get SPOILED). The girls are all girly girls, but they LOVE lizards, bugs and snakes. They wear their summer sun dresses and hair ribbons and come in with a ton of lizards. I just picked up a pack of lizards at the $$store and I am SOOOO going to do this for their room … and they are so going to love them. For Christmas we’ve gotten them a praying mantis, a tadpole, a venus flytrap, ants & lady bugs. I think I WILL however use some pink in the dipping of the bookends!! TY

  22. December 24, 2012

    I love love love this! What a creative idea, I haven’t seen it on Pinterest! My almost 3 year old’s room is rustic + orange + owls, but he has recently gotten into dinosaurs and robots. Hmm, I bet I could find a cool way to spin this for his room. Thanks so much for the idea!!

  23. December 26, 2012

    I say “sexy rexy” to my husband every time he wears something not so sexy. I even broke into the song just the other day. Love that movie!

  24. December 27, 2012

    “Say it again, Lucas!”


    Love the bookends. Love the Sexy Rexy’s. Love that you quoted Empire Records!

    Good work, Katie Bower. Good work!

  25. December 28, 2012

    Those are fabulous! I love the mix of dinosaur and gold. Random but chic.

  26. Kelly permalink
    December 28, 2012

    “Damn the man, save the Empire!!”

    Best. Movie. EVER.

  27. Kerrie permalink
    January 4, 2013

    I think those shelves would look great with the project from YHL’s book on wallpapering your bookshelves without actually wallpapering them. It would make the the dinos stick out even more, and you could change them whenever you like for a different feel. :)

    PS – your boys are too cute!

  28. January 4, 2013

    OMG I love these.. literally 5 min ago I was re-arranging my book shelves and thought to my self “i need to make some funky bookends” then I see these! soo cool!! and my little guy would love them too!!

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