Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stamped and Painted Books

I like old books, however I haven't come across those really beautiful vintage leather bound books.Feeling crafty one day I decided to paint, stamp and distress a few Dollar Store and thrift store books.





The books were random hard backs, I tried to stick with the ones that had a dark cover  because I could use that to help distress the books. This is a sample of the books in their original condition.



I painted them in multiple layers of gray and white paint wiped it back with a wet cloth and distressed the pages with distress ink.



Then I decided to stamp the binders with various stamps.It's dark and rainy today so it was hard to photograph these and get all the detail. I also used a little silver wax lightly on a few.






I have a few more that I'm going to try something a little more romantic with... I think. That may change between now and then.



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40 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE the way these look, Karen. Beautifully done- xo Diana

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  2. These are gorgeous! What a great idea! I love the stamp details.

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  3. They look fantastic. What a great idea with the stamps too.

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  4. I love the originality of this idea. Your books came out great. I'm always looking for a reason to use my stamps so thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. They are beautiful, Karen! I love this look! Love the stamps you used, too. They seem like they worked out perfectly for this project {size and design}. Love the small letters and scroll at the bottom, too. Did they happen to come in a set?

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  6. What a fabulous idea and they look just beautiful! Love it!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  7. To darn cute, I love this idea:)

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  8. That's a fantastic idea! They turned out great!

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  9. This is such a cute inspirational idea,

    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  10. I love this idea! I plan to do this for my guest bedroom make over!!! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  11. I love anything using books -- pinning this to my "book" board. Such a great idea stamping them and distressing the pages too!

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  12. What a spectacular idea!!!
    I just painted my room mostly white ( indcluding the flloors - ) I AM SO DOING THIS!!!
    You're a genius!
    Thanks so much for sharing - can't wait to start!
    Visiting from Savvy Southern Style
    Big hugs,
    Suzan

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  13. I love to work with books - these are really like art! They certainly set a mood.

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  14. This is really fantastic! I love old books and have quite a big collection in my dining room hutch, but I was just thinking about needing some white ones for a vignette I'm doing in the living room for spring. I have some books the library was giving away for free and they would be perfect for this. Thanks for the inspiration. Pinning.

    Have a great week!
    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  15. I love this! They are just perfect for vignettes and the best thing, you got them for a dollar! What a clever idea, Karen!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. Genius! I love the look and I'm pinning it.

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  17. That's a great idea...something to do with those not so pretty books! Visiting from Timewashed.
    Faye

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  18. love them all. and more simple when you do not do designs on the front.
    Love your white globe too.

    well, you just know I love it here.
    Thanks for sharing quick and easy ideas.

    blessings
    barb

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  19. Great idea! The books look so elegant now. Visiting from WOW.

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  20. These are so pretty! I'm considering trying to change some of my books to fit my decor, and maybe I can use this idea!
    Thanks!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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  21. How many times have I passed books by because they didn't work in my decor! And why didn't I, who will paint most anything, ever consider a solution like this? They look great, and you are a clever girl! :)
    -Revi

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  22. You are too clever. They look great with the stamps you chose.

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  23. I would never think to paint books. They turned out great. Very clever Karen!

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  24. Your books look wonderful. What a great idea and great job! Love how you stamped them!!!

    Nice visiting with you this morning from Timewashed.

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  25. These are gorgeous! Would have never thought to do this! Thanks for sharing!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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  26. This is incredibly amazing. I love your technique, thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  27. How cute and crafty! I love the classic look they now add to your decor! Visiting from The Inspiration Gallery

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  28. Love them! Such a great diy idea! I love books and have a few that need this exact treatment! Thanks for sharing. I thought your photos were just dandy.

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  29. l absolutely love what you've done with the books, they look awesome, and you've painted the globe as well, what a fantastic idea. What a beautiful vignette it makes.

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  30. So cute..thanks for the idea!! love the delicate way you did them! Iam an artists/painter/ art dolls/ graphics and decorator.

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  31. These books look so nice. I should try this myself. Thanks for the awesome idea! :)

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  32. You clever and crafty girl! I adore these books.

    I do hope you have entered the springtime giveaway I am currently hosting.

    May you and yours enjoy a lovely St. Patrick's Day!

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  33. What a great idea!! They look beautiful and so delicate.

    Judy

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  34. Hi Karen! Just popped back in to tell you that my post is up about the books I did after being inspired by you! : )

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  35. Love what you did with these books. I am pinning this one. Saw it over at Kathy's blog. What a great idea.

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  36. so clever and beautiful! I'm pinning too. Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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