DIY Antique Book Decor

3 Materials
20 Minutes

Goodwill is the bomb diggity for inexpensive books. .50 cents? Yes, please. It is a goldmine for a plethora of DIY projects, but today's project is a simple take on the antique/ farmhouse book trend.

All you need:

-A few cheap hardcover books (maybe ones that you know no one would actually buy to read)

-Antique color spray paint




One of the books I purchased already had the aged, yellowed pages. However the top book was so crisp and white and I wanted them to both have an antique appearance.

I pulled out the best trick from middle school history projects and used good ol' tea to stain the edges. Brew a strong cup! As you van see in the picture my teacup is only 1/5 filled with liquid. I let the bag sit for 20 or so minutes to brew a rich color. Then I took my paintbrush and literally painted the tea on.

In order to get the darker look, I added 2-3 coats of tea. Since the tea was only applied to the edges they dried quickly. You can also just use a blow dryer to expidite the process👍.

Here is after staining! No wonder tea is so harsh on teeth😅

After the edges were dried, I opened my book and laid it pages side down. Then applied 2 coats of crackle paint. The spray paint didnt crackle as expected, but I still liked the off white color.

To distress the books a bit more I used sandpaper to rub along the edges (hence why a hardcover book is much more preferred). This frayed parts of the binding and gave it the used feel I was hoping for.

To finish the books, I bound them in natural cord and added dried, pink roses. This is a simple decor idea for an end table or shelf decor! Change out the flowers for different seasons to personalize for each holiday.

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