Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Faux Old Books


I’ve put a few books on the side that I would normally have donated or just covered with paper, but after seeing some pictures on Pinterest of old books and the painted and stamped books that Karen at Shabby Sweet Cottage did recently, I decided to try my hand at painting mine.  Below are pictures of my Pinterest inspiration and Karen’s books.

Source: Shabby Sweet Cottage

Source: Peeking Through The Sunflowers

Source: Willow Decor

I started with these three books.

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I wanted to use paint I already had on hand, so I did a couple of coats of French Linen chalk paint, then added a coat of flat white paint. 


I sanded them a little bit so they would look old and worn.


Once the paint was completely dried, I checked out the stamps that I have to see what I could use.  I chose a script stamp and two others that I just used a portion of.


I did the script stamp along the bindings.


On one I did it on the front cover, too.


I also used this “Love” stamp on the front cover of another.


I’m really pleased with the way these turned out! 


Once I get the bench I’m looking for {under my gallery wall in progress} I will be using them on it as decoration.


Linking up with

The Scoop at A Stroll Thru Life

Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse

The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush

Be Inspired at Common Ground

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 



Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Loved the antiques vellum old post at Willow Designs, Kathy!

And, once again, you are so clever making up your own!

You could consider possibly tea staining some, too to give it another warmer look, too - would love to see how that would look - or better yet, how about gently rubbing a slight bit of ASCP dark wax - b/c vellum has a somewhat slight waxy texture - worth a try!?


Unknown said...

They're gorgeous Kathy - absolutely perfect -
Think I'm going to have to change mine to white lol

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love these Kathy! They turned out great!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

They look fabulous. I love them. Such a great idea. Hugs, Marty

DIYbyDesign said...

Those came out beautiful. I have to pin this one and definitely try it. What a pretty look.

Karen said...

They look beautiful Kathy. Thanks for the link back. I think I'm kind of addicted to making these now LOL. All of the other inspiration pics are gorgeous too. Thanks again, your books look amazing.

Micupoftea said...

Isn't it fun to be crafty and creative and have your own unique pieces in your home? Nice job :)

Something Special said...

I am so happy that you posted this idea and thanks for telling us how to do it. I love it!

Okio B Designs said...

Love those! I've seen them on Pinterest too and they are on my too do list. Very pretty!


Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Kathy! I love your books! What a great idea. I just love how old and vintage they look. Hope you're having a great week. ~ Jamie

LuLu Kellogg said...

Oooo, I love these! I will have to do some in black with white lettering for my studio!

I can see one with the number "31" on it for Halloween! Eeeeeeeek!


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

They look great, Kathy. I am going to HAVE to try that! Linda

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy they look FABULOUS! Love them!

This N That said...

They turned out great Kathy...good job..What do you do with all this stuff after you're done with it???

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Those came out wonderfully! Great way to make some books with ugly covers fit your decor!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

These are just great! I have been wanting some old books, and now I don't have to shell out the big bucks :) Thanks Kathy!
xo, Andrea

Stitchfork said...

The love stamp really accents the whole look - great job!

Entertaining Women said...

So well done. Great idea! Thanks for sharing the process. Cherry Kay

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Ok, I seriously love these! It's one of those projects that make you say, now why didn't I think of that?! Love, love, gonna' have to try it!

Becca Bertotti said...

Awesome, awesome idea, Kathy! Your books turned out fabulous! And, I love the addition of the French script stamp ... I seriously might have to borrow this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Our Hopeful Home said...

I've always loved these, yours are perfect! I would use my script stamps, too! Also love the new blog header. Maybe it's not so new but I've been absent lately due to life getting in the way of blogging. Can you believe it:) Anyway, love the header and the books.

NanaDiana said...

Kathy- I LOVE the way those look. They turned out just great...they are simple and beautiful. Great job- xo Diana

Gail said...

What a great idea Kathy! I love how yours turned out. I'm pinning!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

This really is a great idea! I so have to try this because I love how yours turned out. Pinned!!!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

This is such a great idea!

Debbiedoos said...

Now those are cool! Great idea there Kathy.

Donna Wilkes said...

Very elegant book stack. I love the extra details you added with the script stamp.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They look great, Kathy.

Robin Johnson said...

I have never see this before, but I have to say I love, love, love it. Yours look so pretty.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, I missed these!! I love them!


Ruth said...

Love this idea. The shabby chic aged books are fabulous.

Annucola said...

great idea, fantastic ;D

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