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  1. Joyce says:

    Beautiful! But I’m not one for buying specialty paint or items to create a repurpsed something. So I’m gonna ‘pin’ this and hope to achieve a similar look with what I’ve already got. Great job!

  2. Diana says:

    This is a fabulous idea I love aged items! Thank you……

  3. julie says:

    Sell the covers too – they would be cool for somebody’s junk journal, altered album, etc.

  4. cassie says:

    this is such a fabulous idea! LOVE it! they look perfectly aged!

    • GTC says:

      Thank so much Cassie! I was cringing at first, then I couldn’t wait to make more! I will experiment with other colors next time.

  5. I know what you about suffering for our art…I’m always conflicted tearing out book pages for projects. Thank goodness they turn out so cute! Love your books. I think they would make a good photo prop.

  6. Gigi Harlan says:

    Your books look really great! I love them!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  7. These turned out great! I always wonder what to do with books and now I know!

  8. Cecilia says:

    Love it! You’re right, the hardest part is tearing off the spine…I tell myself they were trash anyway so I’m giving them a new lease on life – even if it’s for decor and not reading!

  9. Jeanette says:

    What a great use for someone else’s trash! I love books and book crafts, but like you I am always careful to use books that are cast offs. Pinning this one!

  10. Oh my gosh…you are a hoot!! Love it!! lol ….. and wow, the books look fantastic (and old in a good way!!) I’ve got to try that.

    Nancy

  11. Uwe says:

    Its looks great!

    Greetings from Germany
    Uwe

  12. Suzan says:

    I’ve painted books !!!
    But yours win, hands down – just gorgeous Karen!
    xxx

  13. Nancherrow says:

    Such a fun idea for adding some charm to charmless books! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

  14. Lori Lehman says:

    Wow what a great idea! I love seeing something new and different! Have a wonderful day!

  15. Melanie says:

    Those look awesome! I love to rip apart old books to make unbound book stacks, but I have never thought about painting and aging newer books. Great idea!

  16. I just picked up a box of 12 books at an auction. They date back to 1850-1890 and you just gave me some great inspiration! Thank you.

  17. You always inspire me. I love this project!! Have to find me some trashy books 🙂

  18. Love your site – love your work. Just got back from picking up some old books to try this with! Thank you for the inspiration!

  19. OMG! These came out gorgeous! Love your creativity 🙂

  20. just another level of “gorgeous”!

  21. Becky says:

    I think the bits of gold in these really elp make them special and different!

  22. Ann says:

    Oooh! I like how these came out! Another way to “save” old books is always a win. I recently posted about my own DIY to turn hardcover books into “vintage editions.” I can picture some of yours and mine mixed together….http://makethebestofthings.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-restyle-books-to-look-like.html

  23. I love how these books turned out and never would have thought to turn trash books like all antiqued and old by painting them. What a great idea and I love how they turned out!

  24. The perfect solution to every 50 Shades of Gray out there!
    Kelly

  25. Shelley says:

    These are so cute. I can’t wait to try but first I have a dumb question…what do you mean when you say “hit the high points on the book?”

    I never know what the “high points” are that master artists such as yourself talk about in furniture refinishing, and I was even more confused when the term is applied to a book. They are flat! What is the high point?!

    Help a sister out-educate me 🙂

    • GTC says:

      Hi Shelley, the high points would mean anything that isn’t flat. The covers had some raised lettering, so these were the high points. High points can be anything that is not completely flat, if you are dry brushing, the paint will hit only the “high points”. Hope that helps!

  26. Jo Nelson says:

    i love these. what is the brand of the el dorado gold? i don’t think it’s cece caldwell. thanks.

    • GTC says:

      Hi Jo, the wax is by CeCe Caldwell’s! CeCe Caldwell’s has a beautiful line of 100% natural waxes now.

      • Jo says:

        thanks. i looked further and found it, ordered everything and my books are done. i think yours look better but mine are fine for a first-times. great idea. i love it. thanks for the tutorial.

  27. Keri says:

    Great idea would love to try it! It seems many of the products you mentioned are retired such as the Omaha Ochra color of paint and the aging cream. Do you have any suggestions for alternatives to those products? I know the retired products can be found on other websites but I’m thinking if I want to do it more than once and those products become completely unavailable what are some good alternatives?Thanks!

  28. Shelley says:

    I know I’m late to the party, but I just found this gorgeous paint finish! This is such a great old, layered, been – around – forever finish and I love how it looks on these damaged books! I’d love to know how many old books you’ve saved by sharing this project! Thanks so much for sharing!

  29. Catherine says:

    THAT is SO awesome!
    Catherine

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