It’s been a while since I’ve painted some books. Unless you’ve followed me from the beginning, or gone back and read to the beginning, you probably haven’t seen my painted books.
The first batch I painted were all done in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Typewriter, then stenciled in a pale grey acrylic craft paint and finished with some hemp oil.
Then I branched out and added some grey books (painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s Trophy)…
and some pale minty green books.
For a while now I’ve been thinking it would be nice to have some white painted books.
So I pulled out some old hardcover books (find them at your local thrift store for as little as .15 ea when they are having a sale) and started by painting the covers with Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth and sealing them with The Real Milk Paint Co’s Dead Flat.
Then I pulled out a bunch of my stencils.
Don’t worry about the stencils being larger than the books. I think it just adds to the look to have the design running over the edges.
This is a great way to get a bunch of decorative books to fill up some shelves on a budget. Displaying things en masse always has more impact.
It seems that the Drop Cloth goes particularly nicely with some old ironstone.
The painted books also make great props for furniture photo shoots.
If nothing else, it’s just a fun project for a cold winter day!