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 🙂