As much as I’ve loved (and hated at times) finally getting a home of our own that we can decorate however we want, I think I’ve been most surprised at how little I have to decorate with. Oh sure, we have all the big pieces of furniture covered, but I’ve noticed for the first time that I’m missing the little details in between that can really add that extra punch of personality to a space. It’s been fun starting to collect those items and imagine all the different grouping possibilities, but all those little purchases can really start to add up, and so I’ve been trying to think of some low cost (or free!) options. That’s where these books come in!
I love books grouped in coordinating or monochromatic color schemes, but it can be hard to find exactly the color you need. We got rid of a bunch of books in the move, but I saved a few various sizes of cloth covered books so that I could try painting them the colors I wanted for the mantel.
I used acrylic paint in three different shades to cover the outside and spine of each book (at least two coats for each book). I found that it worked best to use a paint with a little bit of gloss so the books don’t appear chalky as the fabric cover soaks up the paint pretty well.
Once your paint is dry, use a fabric marker to add your titles. I was able to pencil in the titles first and erase the preliminary marks relatively easily, so if you like to be extra precise, I would recommend adding that step.
I love going to people’s houses and seeing what books they have lying around. You can learn a lot about people just by spying on their bookcase! For that reason, I used a mixture of real titles that have special meaning for us along with made up ones that reflect what our life is all about. Although, if I wanted to reflect what my life is really about, I should have added books like, “101 Recipes for Eating Your Loneliness,” “My Cat is My Best Friend,” and “Workouts You Can Do From Your Couch.” I guess I’ll try and appear a little classy for company. Whateves.
All in all, this was a really easy project that added a bit of color and personality to our living room. One finishing touch down, a million to go!