Upcycled Decorative Farmhouse Style Thrift Shop Books

April 21, 2018

I recently purchased this Paul Simon "Lyrics" book,

And this large "Ben Hogan" golf book at the thrift shop.

These books will soon join some of my other recent projects on my covered patio this summer!

My first step was to brush on two coats of Chalked Paint in Chiffon Cream.

I applied the paint in a cross hatch pattern.  One coat brushed on vertically and one coat brushed on horizontally.

This makes the book have a linen like fabric cover.

I did not paint the paper page ends.

When the paint was dry, I sanded the books edges with 220 grit sandpaper to expose the original book color.  I also sanded in a cross hatch pattern.

I added the hen and eggs stencil to the Paul Simon Lyrics book with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black and Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint in Rouge.

 I used the same paint colors on the Hogan book cover to stencil a red barn and the title dairy.  I stenciled on the back cover since the front cover had embossed lettering.

I sanded the designs lightly with 220 grit sandpaper in a cross hatch pattern.

Then I sealed the chalk paint and stencils with Deco Art Creme Wax in Clear.  This is a water based wax that is easy to apply with a brush. 

Upcyled & Stenciled  Farmhouse Style Thrift Shop Books
I love the way my books turned out!

Upcyled & Stenciled  Farmhouse Style Thrift Shop Books
I added Dewey Decimal System non-fiction numbers for chicken farming and farm buildings to the book spines.

Upcyled & Stenciled  Farmhouse Style Thrift Shop Books
Very easy and fun!

Upcyled & Stenciled  Farmhouse Style Thrift Shop Books
This would be a fun project to do with children!  Let them use their creativity!

Upcyled & Stenciled  Farmhouse Style Thrift Shop Books

Other Farm Life stencil projects:
Upcycled Cabinet Door Farmhouse Style

DIY Outdoor Canvas Flags
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Do you know how many books I could do this to? I need time.

  2. Carlene, you are my inspiration! Love this project! I never thought this can be done to books!!! Very nice!

  3. This is the cutest farmhouse projects.

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