Turn Trashy Books into Treasured Items
Before I share pictures and this post with you, I have a disclaimer.
No literature was harmed in this project.
All books that were altered were not only dumpster dive finds but were probably trash for the mind as well…..Not that they were THAT kind of trash, I go to the Dumpster, not the Gutter! But don’t they look gorgeous now!
How to Upcycle Trashy Books to Look Old
Painting and antiquing books that were not serving many purposes in their current state could be my new favorite project. This is the type of project where you see Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint make magic with Gold Patina and Dark and Decrepit Patina. I (painful part here) tore the spines off the books. Just like pulling off a bandage, do it all at once, and it doesn’t hurt.
I opened a can of DIY Paint and brushed it on, more than a dry brush, but not complete coverage. I wanted to hit the high points.
How to Antique Trashy Books with DIY Paint Enhancements
Dark Patina is a 100% natural product from DIY Paint. It is their Clear Patina with a lot of pigment added in. It’s awesome to use as a stain over unsealed or even sealed wood, a glaze over sealed paint, or as I did here, making something look old. I brushed DIY Paint Dark & Decrepit Patina over the Spine of the book and over the edges of the pages too.
How to use DIY Paint Gold Patina to age Trashy Books
Gold Patina is just like Dark Patina, it’s the base used for Clear Patina, but has mica powder added. It’s so fun to add a bit of magic and bling to any project. It’s translucent as one coat and opaque if you apply several coats. I used a 2nd small brush and hit the book’s high points with just the Gold Patina.
How to Wrap up and finish your Trashy Books turned Treasured Items project
I tied each book with a simple piece of kitchen twine. Sometimes it’s just the simple things, like wrapping old things up with a bit of jute twine, that really makes all the difference.
Off to destroy more trashy books. I hope no one is cringing if you hear the sound of books’ spines being ripped away from the books….Sometimes we must suffer for our art…..
Next time you come across some books that aren’t worth reading…remember you can turn trashy books into treasured items with just a little paint and wax!