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.
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.
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.
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.
Once the cover dried, I opened the book with the spine facing up so I could paint the spine of the book.
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.
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.
That it!! Super simple, right?
Make sure you let the paint cure overnight before stacking the books together.