Recently we have been crazy nuts in our house. We decided to turn the empty attic, which you can see the process here, into two rooms for the kiddos. Not sure what we were thinking but man, I am glad we did it.
I built these built in bookcases (tutorial coming soon) for their knee walls and I wanted to make some fun bookends to sit on them. In our boy bedroom we went with a vintage truck theme and in our girl bedroom we did a more shabby tween room. Obviously, these bookends belong in our vintage truck bedroom. I bet you needed help figuring that out. Amiright!?
These rustic license plate bookends were very simple to make and really add extra charm to his room. One of my favorite things about decorating is finding unique pieces that really transform a space. These definitely turned the bookcase into an eye-catching centerpiece.
Originally I was going to make bookends with trucks on them but when I hit up the local
junk store treasure cove I found that Ohio license plate and thought it would make a great bookend piece. I was going to cut it in half and use half on each side of the books. BUT, my boyfriend remembered that my daughters ATV had a license plate on it that we were not going to use AND he had a little license plate that came on an old cupboard he purchased over the summer.
I am so glad he loves old stuff like me because his idea was better than mine. Just don’t tell him I ever said that!
So I grabbed some scrap boards from the garage and got to work. I cut two boards the length of the biggest license plate, two boards a little taller than the license plate, and 4 1×1 boards cut about 2 inches tall to screw the license plates into.
Here is a list of products I used on this project to help make your life a little easier:
After I cut the boards I got out the nail gun. I use a Rigid nail gun and an air compressor. You can also buy a battery operated nail gun like this Ryobi one if you don’t have an air compressor handy. Nail guns make projects so much faster and easier to put together!
I adjusted the boards where I wanted them to be…
Then added a little line of wood glue and nailed them together using 1 1/2 inch brad nails.
After I got the bases made I grabbed the 1×1 boards I already cut and sat them almost in the center of the base. Then I used 2 inch brad nails and a drop of wood glue and nailed them in place.
TIP: Make sure you line your license plates up first to see where you will be screwing them into the 1×1 before you put your brad nails in so that they will not be in the way.
After the 1×1’s were in place I found some old rusty screws and using the holes already in the license plate screwed them into the board.
Do the same thing for the other license plate. I only cut my 1×1’s to allow the bottom of the license plates to be attached because I did not want the wood to show on the top, but if you wanted to have the 1×1 the height of the license plate to be able to add a screw in the top holes you could do that as well.
I just knew that since they were just going to be used in my house that it really would not be a big deal and I did not want to stain the boards so I kept them hidden. Pure laziness :)
They turned out so cute and only took 15 minutes to throw together using scrap wood that was already stained from another project. I only sanded the edges of the boards where I made any cuts but I left the boards as roughed up as possible to make them look as old as the license plates.
What do you think? I really think these vintage license plate bookends give his space the pizazz I was hoping for. But hey, that is just my opinion and I would love to hear what you think.
Of course, I had to find books about trucks to display with these!
My dog had to help take photos too!
That Ohio license plate we picked up at the junk store, which by the way is called Wizards of Odds..how perfect is that!?, looks great in one piece on his shelf paired with the two vintage trucks we also purchased from the store.
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