DIY DECORATIVE STACKING BOOKS FOR ROMANTIC STYLING!
Hi creative friends! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share these DIY Decorative Stacking Books. This is such an EASY makeover! And for all you book lovers out there (including ME!) — you’re going to LOVE how this project turned out. These ‘romantic’ book bundles are great for home styling OR staging your painted furniture!
It’s also one of my favorite days of the month. I’m joining my Trash To Treasure Crew!! I’ll be sharing links to their before and after T2T tutorials at the bottom of today’s post. My friend Jen also did a book project so I can’t wait to see what she’s done as well!
Here’s what I started with. I had these old thrift store books that were collecting dust.
I was going to trash/recycle them in my blue box but decided to create a romantic little vignette instead.
Here are my new book bundles! What do you think… super sweet, right?!
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- Old Thrift Books – SALVAGED
- Oval Paint Brush
- Titebond Glue
- Kilz Max Tinted Primer (ReStore)
- Pink Champagne (similar)
- Putty Chalk Mineral Paint
- Silicone Moulds
- Modeling Material
Before I get into the easy how-to, I just have to share my L*O*V*E of BOOKS! The good old fashion page-turning kind. I love the feel of books. I love the smell of books. I read daily. When I traveled, I visited libraries in all the countries I visited. From the Ephesus Celsus Library in Turkey to the Library of Congress in DC, to a tiny local library in PEI where the drop slot was on the outside of their bathroom just to name a few. I love browsing book stores and libraries (which I really miss doing since the pandemic) and can spend hours getting lost in books on drawing, painting, design, decor, and lately from Amazon — even cooking… which I almost can’t believe because I’ve never been much of a cook. As you can probably tell, I’m a bonafide book lover. Any other book lovers out there? 🙂
DECORATIVE BOOK BUNDLES
To give these salvaged books a brand new look, all it took was some paint and a few decorative moldings.
I started by tearing off some of the covers that weren’t in the best condition.
For the hardcover books that were still in decent shape, I removed the dust jacket and I started playing around with some colors to see what I liked.
Below is a Kilz Max tinted primer that I picked up from the ReStore months ago. When I tried it on one of the books — it was the perfect pink. Soft enough to be romantic but sophisticated and subtle. If you’re looking for a close match, a similar color to this tinted primer is this Pink Champagne.
I painted the books in the tinted primer and some of the other books with this Putty. The two colors play off each other really nicely.
Here’s the finished look…
The hardcover painted books actually look like fabric!
I like that some of the books are textured while others have a smooth finish.
And now for some TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this talented team of ladies is sharing. They never cease to surprise me with their creativity! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS along with the full how-to-tutorial.
3. Salvaged Inspirations (I’m so happy you’re here!!)
Here’s another look at the before and after!
ARE YOU A BOOK LOVER? AND WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THESE BOOK BUNDLES FOR STYLING? I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU SO FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN AND SAY “HI”!
Thanks for taking the time to drop by!
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting.
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