A Book Makeover! Yes, A Book Makeover…

This was probably the easiest little project I’ve done to date.  But it’s sooo cute!!

I had these 2 books that I got at a resale shop recently…

Well I took that blue one and fixed her up!

First I spray painted it Heirloom White.  I did tape around all of the pages so I could leave them old and worn looking.

And then I took these 2 things…A stamp from Hobby Lobby and an ink pad.

And did this!

Helloooo lovely!!  Now, as much as I would LOVE to take the credit for this project, I get to give big props to Manuela at The Pleasures of Homemaking for coming up with this.  You can click here to see her painted books.  I never would have thought in a million years to spray paint a book, much less use a stamp afterwards to make it even cooler.  Thanks Manuela!  :)

I got my stamp and pad at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon.  I just picked this stamp because the script was pretty.  The stamp is huge too!

Ok so then I tied a little ribbon around the book.

Then I sat it on my entryway table and put my interchangeable cheese dome cloche on top of it.

I don’t know if it will live here forever, but that’s where it ended up for my photo shoot. :)

Here’s a few more close-ups.

Don’t you love how old and vintage it looks?  I love those worn edges.

So, now I guess I will be a stamp junkie, as well as many other things.  The list is never-ending.  I had so much fun doing this. Stamps are cool!!!  I almost went on a stamping spree earlier thinking of all the things that could be decorated with stamps.  I also bought some pretty scrapbook paper today that could easily be framed and then just stamp on something!  Easy!  I will definitely be expanding my book collection when I go to the thrift stores now.  I would love to have a little collection of pretty, painted, and stamped books.  :)  And I know everyone uses books to raise up their accessories, so now you can go paint those books and make your display even prettier. :)

And in case you are wondering, I still have that red book.  I’m going to do some modge-podge action on it and decorate that one too.

Gosh, I know I promised you I would ease up on the exclamation marks, but I just get too excited and can’t help myself!! :)



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  1. Oh, that is just too darling!


  2. I never seem to have enough time to go through all the books at the thrift store. I need to do that though. Your book came out so cute. I love the script you used.

    Thanks so much for the great comment on my white trim! Glad you liked the difference. I tried to email you but did you know you are a noreply? Just thought I’d let you know, some don’t realize it.

  3. That is really lovely!!

  4. I LOVE it!! I need to find some old books. I just got a bunch of cute things for my mantle and bedroom and some books would be a great addition!

    • Sherri just go to the thrift store. I just got a bunch more today for .25 each. They would look great on your mantle! Or go to that resale shop in A-town on Gordon. :)

  5. Looove it! I have so many books that need a makeover like this!

  6. Just when I thought I had seen everything under the sun that could be transformed with spray paint you come up with this and it is just blowing me away! What you did to that book is ingenius :-) Thanks for sharing…


  7. That is so neat! I love how it turned out. Thanks for the inspiration!


  8. Emily, this is one of my favorite projects you’ve done. I love using books as decor and your stamped book project came out just lovely. I’d love to “borrow” this idea for my house- too cute! But I’m gonna need some stamps:)

  9. LOVE this idea. So cute!

  10. Awesome idea! I have several old books that are frayed and or falling apart that this would work on. That is so pretty. Keep up the great ideas.

  11. Love it, made my day :)

  12. Looks really good!! Fabulous!

  13. oh my gosh! that is so darling. and i love it with the cloche. i would just sit and stare at its cuteness.

  14. How pretty! I just picked up some old give-away books at the library. They always have a table of free books. I’ve been using the pages for crafts, but I will have to try this with some of them. Love your display.

  15. Love this idea. I did not mind the blue before – but it looks fab now! I have a couple of odd color books that might need a facelift. I was going cover them with paper, but I prefer this method.

  16. I looove it! That turned out very cool! I never would’ve thought of that either. So smart! love the stamp you picked too! Very cute!

  17. Another great project, I could do that to all my books, I never use them, mostly stack them up for pretties.

  18. cloches all around, huh? love what you did to those books…i have a post about books coming up, too. it’s all one big circle or something in the blog world.

    i truly appreciate you stopping by the cape on the corner, and for becoming my newest follower. yippee! when i’m done here, i’m following you. i have already been subscribing via reader, but it’s time to stop lurking! have a great weekend!

  19. Both project are beautiful. I had to read twice, your right, I would never have thought to spray paint a book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I didn’t want you to think your the only one that likes to use exclamation points!


  20. So elegant and classy looking, a great home decor statement. YOU HAVE BEEN FEATURED ON MY CRAFT BLOG. Come grab your I was featured button if you would like. Have a good night, jenn

  21. Thats really pretty! what a great idea! I have just the spot where a little group of these would look great! thank you for sharing

    stopping by from NFF

  22. This is such a beautiful idea! I love it! Pictures are gorgeous!

    Following from New Friend Friday!

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  23. janis tatum says:

    Found your blog through New Friend Friday … great projects – just the kind I love to do for my own home. I have tons of terra cotta pots and I am making your numbered pots tomorrow !!!

  24. OH MY GOSH! SO cute! What a wonderful idea! You are a crafty queen, Emily!!

  25. very cute idea!

  26. Love it! Looks great under the Interchangeable cheese dome cloche ;-)

  27. That turned out so cute! I love the black ribbon on the book!


  28. That does look vintage. Great job. I have that exact stamp…you know what I am going to do….thanks for the tip

  29. Beautiful! I absolutely adore this look! And it’s so easy to do. Thanks for the great tute!


  30. I agree with everyone else – very elegant and so easy to do! And best yet, I have that same stamp and you’ve inspired me to do a project with a twist off this! Have a great weekend!

  31. Fabulous idea! I found you at New Friend Friday, and I’m staying :o) Thanks for sharing. Happy Decorating! :o)

  32. That is adorable!…I am going to do that, too.

  33. Love the look of this remade book, it is upstyled to a whole new level. That said, I am going to copy this right away! I really love all the scripty paper, fabric and prints I am seeing in blogland these days, they have such a nostalgic, vintage look.

  34. This is too cool! WOW the patience you must’ve had with that stamp! I’ve never thought of stamping something like this though… you’re going to get me cooking up new ideas!

    • Oh yes Katie. I want to stamp everything now. And the stamp didn’t require any patience at all. It’s huge! So it only took me like 2 full stamps, and 2 half ones. Easy peasy!

  35. love your book re-do. i would call it “romancing a book” How cute in a store or a little coffee shop..just loads of them on the walls. how romantic!

  36. OK so I never in a million years would I have thought to paint a book??? How darling did that turn out? I love it! Thanks for sharing, now I’m on the lookout for old books. Please stop by and visit anytime. Have a wonderful weekend. ~Stacey

  37. That looks great! Well done! Thanks for sharing … I’ve posted a link.

  38. great idea, I love it!

  39. That is just darling! Love it!

  40. This is too cute and what a great idea to use spray paint. Love it!

  41. Hi, It’s Michelle from Faith, Trust, and a little Pixie Dust. I love this project! Don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with cool things to do with old books! Thanks for sharing.

  42. Very pretty! Love the dome too! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  43. This is just beautiful! I can’t believe you made that.

  44. Looks great! Thanks for helping us have another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  45. That is so clever!! I LOVE that stamp! Visiting from Tip me Tuesday! justsewsassy.com

  46. LOVE it! I have a collection of great idea’s from old books. Now I just need to hit up some garage sales to find some! this is going right onto the list (and hopefully to my link party ;)

  47. it looks great!

  48. What a cute idea!! And I love the stamp and ribbon. So classic looking!

  49. I have that stamp and I have old books, and I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Thanks, Theresa

  50. Hi!
    What a fun idea, and you executed it perfectly! The book looks great, the perfect prop for your vignette with the cloche.
    Nice job, thanks for linking to Heart and Home. Have your friends join us sometime!!

  51. This is soooo cute!!!! What a gorgeous book idea!!!

  52. I love it! I remember seeing Manuela’s and somehow I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder ~ :-) I have quite a few stamps *embarrassed smile* so I need to get busy.

    Have a beauty filled day!


  53. This is so pretty! I love it, especially with your cloche on top of it! That stamp is awesome. And the worn edges really finish it, you know?

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

  54. That turned out really pretty! Good idea to tape off the pages; I probably would have forgot all about that part. Love your stamp; I have a package of rub-ons that looks just like it. I’ve been keeping an eye out for books to do this type of thing too. So far I’ve only found a huge dictionary but I’ll be using that for its pages.

  55. Heirloom White rules! thank you for linking up this is a craft after my own heart (I love all things black and white!

  56. I LOVE this idea! I actually saw this tutorial today on Channel 2 news in Utah from Roberts arts and crafts…SO CUTE!

  57. Your blog is so nice! I just joined!

    Thanks for the nice post!

  58. really cute! i HAVE too go get 1 of those stamps!!! {oh yeah, i’m an exclamation junkie too!}

  59. Very cute! I never thought to spray paint books. I just covered some old college books with scrapbook paper to use as decorations…but I really the vintage feel of yours!

  60. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it! What a great idea! I’m always scouting out old books to put on my shelf. I like to find ones with funny titles that look super old. That way when nosey people come over and find themselves reading my titles, I like to think about what goes through their mind when they read things like “Lessons in Personal Hygiene.” (Thats my fav funny one!) :)

  61. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  62. What a great idea!
    I have plenty of old books laying around the house. I’ll have to try this out sometime.

  63. Fabulous idea! I love the look of these. The spray paint is genius and the stamp adds the perfect touch. Very clever idea! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase – I greatly apprecite it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  64. I love your idea and thanks for sharing. It really looks great and an idea to be easily passed on.

  65. It looks a great; I’m looking around my house right now thinking of all the places it would be a wonderful accent in. I love your blog!

  66. Absolutely wonderful! What a fabulous project and a very original idea! I love old books and love the way that you used such great creativity to give those old tomes a new life!

  67. Oh my gosh, I LOVE THIS!!!!! What a beautiful and creative idea. Definitely making one to put on top of my faux zinc dresser that I just finished.

    (I’ve been following you but saw this on Under The Table & Dreaming…FYI)

    Happy Monday.

  68. As cute as I think this is, I still almost had a heart attack when you spray painted a book! I am a book collector. I will just take deep breaths don’t worry…

  69. Love this…it is going on my favs list.


  70. Just found your page. Very excited about the world of ideas you have and since it’s hard for me to visualize a finished product, I love the fact that you take pictures of everything! Now, what name brand is the Heirloom White paint you use?

  71. Love your work and BTW the 4-H Cowboy by Arthur C. Bartlett (Hardcover – 1938) is a collectible valued on the low end at $75.00 and the red book if it is by Albert Payson Terhune , all his books are collectibles and depending on which title could have been worth up to $1500. But I still like your idea.

  72. Wow, that’s awesome! So simple, easy and pretty! Great idea.

  73. Great idea for old books!! I love Manuela blog too!

  74. Just when I thought books couldn’t get any better….you came along! I am so going to do this project and if I can remember I will give you all of the credit. Love, love, love it. Lisa~

  75. Visiting from CSI! I love this – What an inspiring project! Thanks for sharing!

  76. I LOVE this. There are already 95 comments so i’m a little late to this party, but I love your blog & your ideas! Thanks for sharing! :)


  77. I just did a post and linked to this project…come check out my version! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  78. Love the book idea! I love using books in my decor, but just can’t find nice, old ones anywhere. I’m getting out the spraypait and stamps!
    Have a great weekend.

  79. This is the cutest idea. Love it!

  80. Anonymous says:

    so cute!!

  81. This book is just BEAUTIFUL! I randomly found your post through this blog post: http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com/2010/09/pb-inspired-candle-sticks-and-painted.html

    now I want to make some beautiful book displays!!

  82. Love this idea Emily– I just had to make some for myself! I don’t have a script stamp, so I had to be creative, but I love how mine turned out. Thanks so much for the inspiration my friend!

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  84. Love your great inspiration ideas for home décor I have them handy to use for my decorating. Thank you for sharing. Keep them coming please.


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