Painted Books

I love to use vintage books in my decorating, but some times it is difficult to find them in the colors I want
 for a reasonable price.

 I am always keeping my eyes peeled for pretty, old covers for a bargain price.

 While looking I am going to show you an alternative.

I bought these Reader's Digest books at the thrift store for 99 cents a piece.

I'm sure you can find them at garage sales or estate sales for even less!

They are nice looking books, but the colors on the covers were very dark and bright which 
doesn't go with my decor.

First I painted the books with French linen chalk paint.

It took several coats to completely cover them.

Next I outlined the indents on the spine with white paint using a tiny paint brush.

You don't have to worry about painting really straight lines because we want these to look like old books.

Finally I mixed some white acrylic paint with some clear furniture wax and rubbed it all over the covers.

 I especially focused on the spines trying the get the white to go into the lettering on the books.

This really helped the books look old!

You could then add some dark wax to age them more, but I found I liked this cleaner look

After the wax dried I polished up the books with a cloth.

I am thrilled with the way they turned out!

A quick, easy, cheap project that really adds a lot to a vignette.

Gotta love that!

p.s. love these pretty purple hydrangea I got from the grocery store!

I know I kinda disappeared from the blog this summer between moving, playing with the kids, etc.

 I had to let something go.

But I am excited to start posting again!

I also am on Instagram a lot and have tons of stuff on there that is not on the blog.

Have a great week!

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  1. Great idea Lisa! Your books looks very lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the books.....they are so pretty! Those hydrangeas are beautiful too :o)

  3. Great idea Lisa. They look so pretty. I agree with Des the hydrangeas are gorgeous too.

  4. What a great idea! I've heard of painting books before but never tried it. I may have to give that a try some time. They turned out so pretty!

  5. Those are so pretty Lisa! Love this idea!

  6. They turned out very pretty! Great idea. I covered books with scrapbook paper today...still not sure if they are keepers.

    Hope you are enjoying your Texas life. :)

  7. now how neat is that! Beautiful.... and I would not have tho't of the white detailing. You're sumthin!

  8. Hi Lisa,
    What a great idea! I love how the books look and I might just borrow this process!


  9. How lovely! Such a great idea. They look amazing alongside your pretty hydrangea's

  10. Loved this when I saw it on IG!! I was wondering how you got the white to come out so well on the spines. Great idea and they match your decor perfectly!

  11. You always blow me away! These are SO PRETTY!

  12. Wish I could grow hydrangeas here in Houston! So beautiful!!

  13. A very nice vintage look! Pretty.

  14. Love this idea...going to try it for our Vintage Fall Market Weekend at the shop!

  15. Fabulous idea-love it how they turned out!!

  16. Now that is a clever idea! I am not a big fan of tearing off the covers of books and leaving the bare pages but I am with you I want them to coordinate with my color scheme! I am pinning this and posting on my facebook page!!

  17. Oh Lisa,
    This is a project you know I will be recreating!
    I love how you painted them and most certainly how they look so very old.

    Thank you dear friend for visiting and encouraging my design style with your beautiful words.

    See you soon!
    Oh what's next over here?


  18. They look so good! Wish you and I still lived close so we could have a craft day now that big boy Levi is in school :)

  19. Wow! I love the way they turned out. Is there anything that a good coat of chalk paint doesn't help? Gotta love that stuff!

  20. a wonderful solution . . . beautiful vignette!

  21. You smart cookie! I love this idea! :)

  22. Stop it! That's brilliant! I never would have thought of that but I love the look.

  23. This is a great idea, never would have thought to paint books. Looks great!!

  24. Are you just loving your new home? Your mantel looks beautiful!

  25. What a great idea! They look lovely painted.

  26. I love old books too! What a great idea! Pinning!

  27. I love old books too! What a great idea! Pinning!