For those of you active on Pinterest you may have already seen these and been there-done that-got the t-shirt. For those of you who haven't, we're going to have some fun painting hardcover books into shabby chic home décor props!
I pulled some hard cover books out of the basement storage archives. I read these many years ago and loved them. Having no intention of getting rid of them I thought they'd be perfect for this project. We're not talking Tolstoy here but ones from the personal growth/self help genre. Not exactly coffee table books nor the subject matter you want to display to your guests.
So here's what I used for this fun and easy project. Notice I already applied a coat of Graphite chalk paint to the outside of each book? Let's face it, some neurosis just need to be kept private!
I applied two thinned coats of Graphite to completely cover the titles as well as the exposed pages followed by a thin coat of Old White. After it dried I sanded the books to reveal the Graphite underneath. Next I attached the self-adhesive stencils that I purchased at Michaels to each spine and cover and pounced Graphite over them. Once dry I carefully (using tweezers) removed the stencils and lightly sanded over the graphics to give them a worn look.
When I applied the clear wax they took on a wooden box appearance and I just love it! Using a lint free cloth I rubbed dark wax on the spines, edges, corners, and exposed pages where they would naturally age over time.
And there you have it - an easy peasy way to decorate your table tops, book cases or in my case to use as photo props!