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Vintage painted metallic books

Happy New Year, friends! It’s Angela from Number Fifty-Three and I’m so happy to be back with you all sharing little bits of my crafting adventures making vintage painted metallic books .
I love, love, love decorating with vintage books in my home. One of my very favorite projects ever was when I painted a grouping with chalkboard paint and aged them with chalk. (You can get the tutorial for those here.)
This year, I wanted to do a new take on the vintage painted book and bring in a modern element to unify my love of old with new.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Vintage Painted Metallic Books: vintage books from the thrift store (I don’t use priceless or really special books for projects like this, but I do look for interesting sizes and cover materials), metallic craft paint, artist brush.
Simply paint the covers of the books with several coats of paint. I tend to gravitate towards gold in my décor so I stuck with the color palettes of gold and bronze.
Paint books with metallic paint for give them new life
Now, this is the tutorial for the basic painted book. I was just loving the classic, yet modern vibe of leaving the books painted in the solid colors. But, there are more options…
You could: layer metallic paints, distress the book to show age using a fine grit sandpaper or rub on black wax and buff to deepen the finish. The possibilities are endless.
I love the black/white/metallic color combo in my home. It’s something that is so versatile and I never tire of it.  Here I have the books paired with buffalo check flannel fabric and black feathers in a piece of white pottery.
Vintage painted metallic books
I always love the addition of natural elements in décor. I recently made this dried orange slice garland and, while time consuming, I think it adds the prettiest pop of color and orange and golds are just perfection together. (You can get the garland instructions here.)
Thank you all for checking out my latest tutorial! Wishing you all health and happiness in the new year!
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