DIY Mineral Paint Hardcover Books

DIY Mineral Paint Hardcover Books

One of my favorite things to decorate with is hardcover books. In my opinion, they bring a space to life and make it feel cozy. My favorite way to decorate with books is by stacking them in vignettes. I usually stack 3 books laying down to act as a pedestal for an item I’m displaying.

DIY Painted Books

I was recently at a thrift store that was selling boxes of old library books for $1.50 each, so I stocked up!! Granted they weren’t “pretty” books, but with a little paint, they could be.

Thrift Store Books

To give these books a makeover, I painted them with a foam brush and Fusion Mineral Paint that I purchased from Amazon.  

I like using mineral paint for this project because it dries fast, and doesn’t have a strong paint smell. I personally love the look of neutral books, so I used a color called Raw Silk, but you could paint these any color you want. Fusion offers a great selection of colors.  

DIY Painted Books

I started by painting the front and back covers.  Depending on the color of the book your are painting you might need several coats. For example, in the picture below I was painting a red book a neutral color which took about 4-5 coats to cover the red. 

Tip – When I look for books to paint I pick out the ones with fabric covers and embossed titles on the spine.

 

DIY Painted Books

Once the cover dried, I opened the book with the spine facing up so I could paint the spine of the book.

DIY Painted Books

The last step is to open the front and back covers and paint the inside rim of the book. I like to place a piece of paper under the back cover to avoid getting paint on the book pages.

DIY Painted Books

Since I purchased old library books, many of the page edges had a date, and the name of the library stamped on them. This doesn’t make for a “pretty” book, so I decided to paint the book pages gold so you couldn’t see the stamps.

To do this, I used Fusion Metallic Pale Gold Paint that I purchased from Amazon and a flat artist brush.  

Note: Painting the pages could cause them to stick together making the book unreadable. I would only recommend doing this to a book you are using for decor purposes only. 

Painted Books
DIY Painted Books
DIY Painted Books

That it!! Super simple, right?

Make sure you let the paint cure overnight before stacking the books together.

Painted Books
DIY Painted Books

Comments (17)

  • i got some fusion samples at a conference – very nice paints! your books look so pretty!

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    • Thank you! Fusion paint is awesome!!

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  • I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. You’re going to be a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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  • What a brilliant idea! The finishing product looks beautiful! I need to try this with my old books.

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  • What a great idea to freshen up a space, especially if you have a bunch of old books lying around. I could see doing this with all of my old university textbooks that are just sitting collecting dust in the attic.

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  • Oh how pretty! See, this is why I visit blogs. I never come up with ideas like this. Love the look of your blog too.

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    • Thank you! 😊

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  • First, I love the name of your blog:) The gold on the edges of the pages looks so awesome…what a great idea.

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    • Thank you so much, Kim!!

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  • I’ve never thought of doing this, it’s such a cool idea!

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    • Thank you! I hope you will try it. 🙂

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  • This is such a great idea! I love the look of it, very chic. I am definitely going to have to try this out.

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  • This is an awesome (and easy) DIY. It makes an old book look so much more chic – perfect for decorating the house with.
    I’m definitely going to give this a try. 🙂

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  • Okay I LOVE DIYS and this is a fantastic idea! I never thought of this! I am for sure going to do this when we move into our new home! What a great way to re-purpose old books!

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  • What a great idea – best thing I’ve seen in a month! Pinning!

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  • So crafy! Love these- perfect vintage farmhouse touch!

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  • What a great idea!! Love it! They turnes out beautiful!

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