Upcycled Trashed Books to Look Like Antique Treasures

Turn an old book into a Antique Treasure by just using CeCe Caldwell's paints and 100% natural metallic wax.
I used Dumpster found books to create these works of art. It took very little effort, time and skill. My favorite kind of project!
I ripped the spine of the books to give them an instant worn look.
I lightly painted each book with a thin coat of CeCe Caldwell's Omaha Ochre.
I mixed equal parts CeCe Caldwells Aging Cream with El Dorado gold metallic wax. I use a small chip brush to mix and apply the wax.
I applied the wax randomly over the paint to give it an "aged" look.
I also applied it to the edges of the papers.
I tied each book with a piece of kitchen twine and added a little more El Dorado Gold on the high points for some extra shimmer.

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
31 Astounding Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Contact Paper
31 Astounding Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Contact Paper
Hide Your Couch's Wear and Tear With These Great Ideas
3 Weird Step-by-Step Ways to Decorate Your Plain Tea Towels
Upcycle Your Old Clothing Items For These Great Ideas!
The 25 Most-Viewed Mason Jar Projects on Hometalk
Upgrade Your Backyard With These 30 Clever Ideas
15 Fabulous Fire Pits For Your Backyard
15 Fun Things You Can Make Using Your Cricut
13 Bird Feeders From Upcycled Items
These Stunning Seating Ideas Will Blow You Away
18 Ideas to Keep You From Feeling Blue
These Upcycling Ideas Will Blow You Away!
17 Faux Brick Ideas For Your Home
Redoux Interiors

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Corinna Agee
    on Jun 6, 2017

    you paint first and then apply the wax? or you mix the paint and the wax to get the look? I have lots of old books I've never thought about painting them what a beautiful idea!!!!

Join the conversation

2 of 79 comments
  • Baba
    on Apr 6, 2017

    I love this idea!! I have been wanting to use old books in decorating.... this makes the perfect accent!! Great way to salvage old books!!
  • Op Cortez
    on Jan 13, 2019

    Finally found a post that actually describes how the process is done. Thanks for that. I do journals but I also love new ideas. You can also apply a light coating of white gesso, let dry then add your distress paint...

Your comment...