Sunday, September 19, 2010

Painting Hardback Books

The third time is a charm right?  I hope so.  I woke up again not feeling happy with my latest fall set up again!

I still had a little bit of my caramel latte Krylon spray paint left and some purple Reader’s Digest books.

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Before I was ever a blogger I was a spray painter.  Nothing is safe if I have a can of spray paint, however, I have never sprayed a book before.  Reader’s Digest are easy to find so I thought why not try it.

I always spray paint outside on a piece of cardboard.  I opened the book to get the outside sprayed all at once.

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I know it isn’t a good photo, but hey I remembered to take one so that is brownie points.

To get the edges I placed the dried book on an old votive holder so it would sit off the ground and I did one side at a time. 

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The paint went on so easily and it didn’t take much paint to cover the book.  It dried very quickly too.  And caramel latte never looked so good.  I love this book makeover.

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This is the look I love.  I am finally satisfied with my table which is a good thing because I am now out of paint.  If you want to see the other idea for this table then go  here.

The paper edges look so pretty with the metallic paint.

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I kept my wreath and just used a clear adhesive dot to hang it from the mirror with fishing line.

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And finally my finished table.

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I hope I haven’t bored you with all off my different attempts to get this just right.  At least we learned you can spray paint a book! 

Will you spray paint a book now?  You should.  It is fun and easy.

Tracy

Linking to

Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming

Motivate Me Monday @ Somewhat Simple

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Make It 4 Monday @ Cottage Instincts

Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Live

Power of Paint @ Domestically Speaking

Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts

37 comments:

  1. Love this idea! Next time I'm at the thrift store I'm going to look for some books to spray paint!

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  2. So pretty!!! I may do this for my Christmas mantle. I love it.

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  3. Everything on that table looks great. Love the idea of spray painting the books.

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  4. What a beautiful display, and I love your idea of spray painting some books! I will definately be trying that idea out one day soon! I love your little wreath too hanging there off your mirror!

    Blessings,
    ~Lynn

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  5. Yes, I will definitely be paint books. What a great idea and it looks fabulous. Love your whole vignette. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I am on my way to Wal-Mart as we speak! Paint department, here I come!

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  7. Ok, you've got me completely convinced that there is nothing finer than the caramel latte paint! I'm going to have to get me some!:)

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  8. I love the spray painted books! I want to try to spray some books black and give them the Halloween look! Thanks for the idea. Saw you on Craft-O-Maniac Mondays. Stop by when you get the chance:
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  9. Oooh that is a great idea! We have tons of those readers digest books-- and they look great in the way that they're sturdy with a nice spine and everything-- but spraypainting them is awesome!

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  10. How did I not know about Caramel Latte? I need to go and add it to my stash:)

    The books look lovely!

    livvyloowho.blogspot.com

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  11. Why didn't I think of this GREAT IDEA! I love it. It looks great!

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  12. Librarians all over the country are freaking out! ;-) BUT I LOVE IT! Those books will take you straight into the Christmas season! Thanks so much for sharing! Jules from bles-id.blogspot

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  13. Well, aren't you clever! I don't think I would have ever thought to paint a book, don't know that I could make myself do it! But, I get what you were going for, and what you did looks great. Nice wreath, too. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    xo
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  14. I just saw this at Under The Table and Dreaming and I love it! You have made good use out of the books, and they are still readable right? So what is the harm? I did this to some books and then stamped on top of the paint. They were fun to do and make such great decorative accents.

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  15. Oh what a clever idea! I love it! I have many books that don't make it onto the shelf simply because they aren't the right colour. This is a great solution! thanks!

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  16. What a clever one you are, I love the painted books. LOVE the paint color, so rich and lush. The leaf wreath is simple and elegant. Your vignette looks great.

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  17. Totally loving this idea girly!! Way to go! You'll for sure have to share this fun find at my party on Friday! Hope to see you there!!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor~

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  18. Hi, I love your idea. I hope you don't mind if I borrow it. Happy Make it for Monday.
    The Swedish Room

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  19. Super cute! I love the look spray painting gave the books! Beautifully decorated table as well!

    Would love it if you joined my wallet giveaway!
    crazycraftbugs.blogspot.com

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  20. What a clever idea! And the color you chose is so pretty! I'm saving this idea for later for sure! Happy MM to you!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

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  21. Oh wow. Those do look really good! I might have to head over to Goodwill and look for some nice size books. Still very hesitant to rip the covers off of books aka Pottery barn style.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  22. Never would have thought of it! Love it!!

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  23. Your table looks wonderful, I love it. Great ideal painting the books.
    To be honest I have wondered if that ideal might work, but have never tried it. You made it look sooo easy. Thanks for sharing a great ideal and a beautiful vignette.
    Sandy

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  24. Your fall vignette looks great! I never would have thought to spray paint books!

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  25. I am so glad you linked to TTT. Your vignette is stunning and I love the idea of the painted books. They look fabulous. Hugs, Marty

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  26. Hi Tracy...

    Love, love, LOVE your autumn vignette! Ohhh, it's so rich and regal looking and I like that! Love that big urn!!! My friend, I would have never thought to spray paint books...but I love the idea! Your books turned out beautifully and they look fabulous with the other pieces of your vignette! I will definitely be keeping this in mind...thanks for sharing it with us! And...thank you for sharing this gorgeous autumn vignette with us as well!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  27. TOTALLY love this, everything about it, it's PERFECT, would you please link up to **6 weeks 2 Spook** really want my readers to see this. Thanks Tracy, :)

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  28. I recently painted some old books but I just used craft paint and a little stain. I like how yours turned out better than mine. I like the sheen on yours! Your table looks beautiful!

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  29. What a great idea. I love the look! Your table vignette is really nice.

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  30. How cool is this?? I would have never thought of this. I do love the monochromatic look of your lovely vignette. It is just perfect - so elegant.

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  31. I have SO MANY books that would look better if they were a different color! Never have I thought to spray paint them. Yours look so good, I might just have to try it. Featuring this soon at little-inspirations.blogspot.com.

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  32. I totally love this idea! Never would have thought to spray paint books. I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  33. Oh yes, I did a few months ago. Yours look great!

    Manuela

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  34. I have my own childhood story books.. my father had made the covers and ı have my name engraved on some of the book's backs..along with the tite..
    but I dont't like the colour of the covers..

    soo now here we go again ..
    I guess this weekend will be for the spray painting of the books..

    I would like to ask..
    will the pages stick together if I spray paint them..
    maybe I should use a rub on ??..
    thank you again..
    I am affraid to read further posts if no.. I will have to work all sunday and monday and......
    =)

    love..

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