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Sometimes decorating your home can be quite expensive. Especially when you fall for these gorgeous books from Restoration Hardware. Lucky for me (and my husband) I couldn’t pay that much for 3 books if my life depended on it. I can however round up some supplies and make them for myself all while not giving my husband a heart attack, it’s a win win.
In case you were wondering what I started with, here are the books I used.
Have you guys read twilight? I’m not going to lie, when they came out I got sucked in to them like a teenage girl! But we aren’t here to talk Edward, we are here to talk about how to make these books look like these….
These books were surprisingly easy to re create. To be honest the most difficult part was waiting for everything to dry. Or maybe that’s just my impatience ; )!
When I saw the Restoration Hardware Book Set for the first time I knew I would need some Mod Podge to create my own version. There are tons of different formulas though, so if you ever aren’t sure which formula to use, I have this handy dandy formula guide to help you out!
For the Restoration Hardware Book Set I used the Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk. I wanted the books to look old, so I didn’t want there to be any sheen to them. The Ultra Matte Chalk left the books with a perfect finish for a vintage vibe.
Mod Podge can be used for multiple different projects from Home Decor to Kids Crafts. But today let’s take a look at the steps to transform regular books into something from the past.
- Old Books
- Mod Podge – Ultra Matte Chalk Formula
- Mod Podge Brushes
- Kraft Paper
- Scrap Fabric
- FolkArt Paint
- Paint Brush
DIY Restoration Hardware Book Set Tutorial
- Start by finding your books at a thrift store. Thrift stores are a fantastic place to find old used books. I paid $1 for each of mine. That sure sounds better than a $235 price tag!
- Trace the outside of the books on the Kraft Paper.
- Cut out enough Kraft Paper to cover the front and back of each book you will be redoing.
- Using the Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge Formula, apply 1 coat to the back of the Kraft Paper.
- Place the Kraft Paper (Mod Podge side Down) on to the front of the book lining up the edges and smoothing out any wrinkles. Let dry about 20-25 minutes.
- Apply a 2nd coat to the top of the Kraft paper. Let dry. Repeat for all sides of the books you are redoing.
- While your books are drying, cut a piece of fabric that will act as the book binding. Once it’s cut to size, paint the front of the fabric. Let that dry.
- Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the fabric and apply to the book spine smoothing out any wrinkles. Apply a coat over the top of the fabric. Let Dry.
- Tearing squares of Kraft paper, create labels for the books. Apply to the book spine using Mod Podge.
So what do you think? $3 worth of books to give you the style of a $235 item. I think this project was a win!
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