I’ve seen the art of stacking books w/knick-knacks to add height to objects and also to create visual interest. Using plain ol’ books seemed kinda boring to me, plus none of the books I had were right for my color scheme, because I’m all matchy-matchy like that. I was so excited when I came across two great tutorials on how to fabulize your old books (yeah, not a real word)….
- The Pleasures of Homemaking: Painted Books & A Mantelscape
- Decor Chick! A Book Makeover! Yes, A Book Makeover…
Love it! Now my turn!…
I’ve acquired a wee stash of spray paint and have been spray painting everything in sight! Just ask the hubbs ;) So I first spray painted my books, one ivory and one black. I also decided to use a coordinating paper on the spine of each book, rather than one single pattern.
I think they came out decent for my first attempt. There are still many crafts I have yet to master (i.e. I’m SO not talented with a stencil/paint). However, I do fancy me some Mod Podge and I’m getting better at using it without bubbles and/or mess-ups. The trick is to work fast and to cover your object with the Mod Podge, not the actual paper (D’oh!)
Those two tutorials above are super helpful, but here’s a few tips/suggestions in case you decide to try it out:
- If spray painting, you WILL want to tape off the book’s paper edges with painter’s tape.
- You still might have some places on the cover’s edges were the spray paint didn’t hit. Use a thin brush and matching craft paint to touch up the spots that were missed.
- I measured each book and used a large paper cutter to make sure my scrapbook paper was perfectly cut.
- Using a foam roller to apply the Mod Podge was super effective/fast.
- Definitely use a ruler to smooth out the paper from top to bottom
I don’t really have any stamps to try out, but I’m just thinking of all the color combinations that I could make with my scrapbook paper stash… *dreamy, far away look* !!! But I’m going to try to refrain from over doing it with decorative books all over the house! I have a habit of getting carried away with stuff… heh.