I love agate. It doesn't matter if it's in coaster form, bookend form, or even just a slab...I'm a total sucker and I love it all. I found these bookends at TJ Maxx over a year ago, and they have had a home on my bookcase ever since.
I really loved them as is, but I recently I decided that they needed a bit of a facelift...and that's where the gold leaf paint comes in. Have you used it before? Well, it's only $4.99 at Hobby Lobby, it goes on really well with a foam brush, only needs one coat, and it dries really quickly so it's the perfect way to glam up pretty much anything.
All I did was paint it and I was done! (Ok so actually I painted it with "gold leaf" colored gold leaf paint and I wasn't crazy about the color. This is what it looked like after my first attempt.
It just seemed a bit too garish to me, so I went to the store and bought the "18K gold" version of the paint and redid them. The gold isn't as orangey now, and the bookends look great!
You can buy pre-made gold-plated agate bookends but they will cost you a whole lot more than they would if you find them for a great price and then paint them yourself. I see them at TJ Maxx and HomeGoods all the time for $12.99 a piece, so just scoop them up next time you see them!