DIY antique books in minutes. Have you ever wanted old antique books to decorate in your home?
I did this to hardcover books I have had for years. Now when I say antique books in minutes, if you blink you may miss it.
By the way, I have books in the house that are antique books from France. However, these can be expensive. I also have books from thrifting. For the most part, having a variety of thrift stores nearby doesn’t exist where we live. Thrifting in NJ can be tough.
These Shakespeare sonnets are especially special in our home. These were my Father-in-laws and date back to 1842. I truly enjoy adding these to many areas of our home. The aging on them adds character too!
So, I decided to make my own antique books.
- hardcover books
- 2 stencil brushes
- clear and dark wax
- lint free rag I use these religiously
Normally when waxing furniture, I use a large waxing brush. However, for this simple project I am opting to use a soft stencil brush for an easier application.
Adding Clear and Dark Wax to the Edge of Pages of the Books Adding Age
First, I add clear wax to begin my DIY aged books using one of my stencil brushes. Now when applying the waxes, generally use light strokes. For the most part, I keep the hardcovers away from the pages when applying bother waxes.
After adding the clear wax to the edge of the pages, I add a small amount of dark wax to the book pages using the other stencil brush.
Now I begin blending the dark wax which gives these DIY books and pages an old look.
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Next, simply take the lint free rag and rub the wax well. That’s it. DIY antique books in minutes.
Now, I realize all may not want to spend money on wax for this project. By the way I have waxes around all the time it is what I chose.
In addition to wax, craft paint in raw and burnt umber are another option. For this process I recommend using a drybrush technique or adding a minimal amount of water to keep the paint moving.
Folk Art and many others sell this paint. As a rule, this is a good color to use because it has a bit of a green undertone. In addition, if I use this technique, I also will do this step with a bit of burnt umber craft paint.
Ways to Use These DIY Antique Books Home
One way I enjoy adding these homemade antique books is using them as pedestals under pieces I need to add height. Immediately, these books add an antique look.
The most obvious way to use books is adding them to bookcase and bookshelves. When adding these DIY books or antique books I like to stager the direction of the books.
For instance, some I will stand while other books I lay down and stack. This adds dimension and interest. Also, when adding these homemade books, I will use a book underneath dishes or pitchers.
As an example, adding a stack of books to a tray with a small vase or pitcher of flowers is pretty. Adding a candle alongside gives it a soft and pretty look too.
By the way if you may enjoy this post to see how I use pink Antique Books in our home decor.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY antique books in minutes technique. Do you enjoy decorating with books? Do you have aged books in your home? I’d enjoy reading in the comments.
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