So I don't know if you're on Instagram or not, but I've seen a ton of DIYers updating old vases with this "dirt rubbed" effect! I've been wanting to try it out, but don't have any vases or planters that I'd like to update. I did, however, have some old books lying around! I actually purchased these very used books on eBay, as I installed some shelves in my living room recently and have been adding some decor to them here and there. I've been meaning to paint the books, as a way to update them so they'd fit in with the neutral/grey color scheme of my living room. I did end up painting them, but I also "dirt rubbed" them too, as I've been wanting to try this technique and figured why not give it a shot on these books!
Now, for those of you that are not familiar with this "dirt rubbing" technique, you're pretty much doing what it's called - rubbing dirt. From the tutorials I've seen and the blogs I've read on it, (mostly being done on vases, lamps or planter pots) the piece is first painted, dried, then you literally grab some dirt and start rubbing it onto the piece. Once you let it sit for a little while, you then go in and wipe away the excess, and ta-da! You have a chic, aged, antique/rustic looking item! It's actually a very cool technique! I haven't seen it done on anything other than anything ceramic, so I wasn't sure this would actually work!