Add glimmer to your shelves with a little at-home alchemy: Spray-paint bricks to transform them into gilded bookends. Start by covering bricks with a towel, and then using a hammer to chip the surfaces to create an uneven, aged effect. Apply a coat of paint and let it dry thoroughly. For next to nothing, you've created a stylish support any title would be proud to lean against.
Metallic-finish paint, in 14-karat gold, by Design Master, from jamaligarden.com.