Books Upcycled As Kitchen Decor with Dollar Tree Stencil & Previous Decor Book Projects

March 09, 2021

Photo of Dollar Tree kitchen ware stencil
This is a another stencil I purchased recently at Dollar Tree.

It fit perfectly on a couple of thrifted books, so I transformed them into decorative kitchen cookbooks.

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Photo of a book painted red
I brushed a base coat on the books with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black. 

Then I painted one with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Barn Red and one in Hurricane Gray.  After the paint was dried, I wet distressed the edges with a wet tee shirt rag.  I concentrated on the edges. The wet distressing technique leaves the black acrylic paint showing through chalk paint on the edges.

Photo of a stencil laying on a painted book
Like I said, the Dollar Tree stencil fit the books perfectly.

Photo of a stenciled book
I stenciled the kitchen wares in Dixie Belle Hurricane Gray, Putty, and Fluff.

Photo of how I fill in stencil gaps
This is the crazy way I fill in the stencil bridges, with torn bits of blue painter's tape, placed around the gaps.

I simply use a very fine stencil brush to pounce in the gaps.

Photo of a Breakfast rub on transfer laying on book spine
I cut Breakfast and Lunch from my Delicious Menu Decor Transfer and rubbed them on the spines.

I have used this decor transfer for several projects already.

Photo of a book painted gray
I painted the second book with Hurricane Gray with Putty, Barn Red, and Fluff stencils.

Photo of stenciled gray book
Here is book two with the stenciling complete.

Photo of both painted and stenciled book fronts
Here are both book fronts,

Photo of both book spines with rub on transfer titles
And the spines.

I waxed both of the books with Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray Wax.

Photo of staged finished books

Photo of staged painted and stenciled books
The books coordinate with my kitchen decor!

Photo of staged painted and stenciled books

Here are more of my decor book projects:
Stack of Shabby Chic decorated books

Photo of farmhouse style book makeovers

Photo of a decorated garden book and farmhouse book

Photo of painted book with Dollar Tree rub on transfers

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Love your books. I like cookbooks of any kind, and repurposing old books to look like cook books is fun! Thanks for sharing.


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