Anyone else feel like this week is dragging on forever or is it just me? I usually never feel like that, but SHEESH. This week has been so slow and kinda blah to be honest. I don’t really know why, it’s just been one of those blah kinda weeks. I’m ready for January to be over I guess! Anyway, today I wanted to pop in and chat about how to create DIY “antique” books in five minutes. You guys know how much I love my antique books and I always get questions about where I find them. Usually I get old books at antique shops, but I also have a super easy trick to make ANY book look like an antique. And the best part of all is that it only takes about five minutes. Really, it’s the easiest little trick ever!
All you need for this project is dark wax. Any dark wax will do, but for this post I’m using some of the Annie Sloan wax I already had on hand. Rust-Oleum also makes a great option too that is more affordable. You’ll also need a dense brush like th one I have here. A dense makeup brush could even work for this! Next you’ll want to gather up some books. You can use books you no longer want or pick some up super cheap at a thrift store. There are two ways to do this. You can either remove the book cover or leave it on. I’ll show you how to do both!
Ok so for this first book I removed the cover and also the first few pages of the book. (This was an old novel I found for $4 at a local thrift store!) Then you’ll want to apply a tiny amount of wax on the brush and do light strokes all over the book. You do not want a lot of wax on your brush or it will be way too dark! Think of it like dry brushing the book. I suggest wiping off the excess wax on a paper towel before you start on the book.
Make sure you do the spine and all sides of the book! It’s seriously so easy. Here is how two books looked after applying the wax. Nice and “antiqued”.
Now if you want to leave the cover on the book, simply apply the wax to the outer pages like I did below.
Use light stores to apply the wax to the pages.
Here’s the finished look:
So easy, right?! And they totally have the old, antique look now.
If you love the look of antique books I hope you give this little trick a try. It’s so fast and easy, plus it’s a great way to repurpose books you no longer want or use!
Also this post is part of a fun DIY blog hop with a few buddies of mine, so if you have a couple of extra minutes be sure to drop by these other great blogs to check out their DIY project today: