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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.



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



And finally my finished table.


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.


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


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

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

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

  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!


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

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

  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!:)

  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:

  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!

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

    The books look lovely!

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

  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

  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.
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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~

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

  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!

  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

  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.


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

  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.

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

  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

  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

  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, :)

  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!

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

  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.

  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

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

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


  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......



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