Monday, April 8, 2013

Nerd Alert! I Painted My Books!

So, this is going to be one of those posts that will make me cringe when I reread it. 
You may  cringe too. However, I know many of you are in the same club.

Here is goes...

Hello. My name is Laura and I am addicted to ridiculous books. 

Let me make myself clear... Harry Potter books are not ridiculous. They are awesome but you get the idea.  I educate the youth of America. I am a leader. I teach reading and the love of books. I should be reading more age appropriate text. 
My dad would love it if I could discuss literature with him that didn't involve wizards or vampires. 
What can I say? I'm a nerd. 

Didn't think I could get any nerdier? Well, I am about to get all "home decor blogger" nerdy.

I love my books but hate the way they looked on my shelf. I want to display them and have them handy. I reread them more than I would like to admit. However, they just were not very pretty. They never showed up in photo shoots.

I had to do something about it. 

 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the rescue.

To give them a more cohesive look on my shelf, I took out my trusty Paris Grey and gave each book a coat of paint on the spine. I taped it out so that it would be uniform and nice.

Once the paint dried, I sealed it with clear wax. They still needed a little something so I ran to trusty Hobby Lobby and grabbed a stamp set and some ink.
I would love to show them beautifully displayed in my living room. However, our built-ins are currently part of the MAJOR construction project. 
So... here is just a glimpse of my favorite new books.
 These are just perfect! I am not big into displaying beautiful old books because I have never read them. Sure, I have a few here and there to add color but I would love to proudly display my favorites. Now I can.

Thanks for checking in!


  1. Don't be ashamed of the books you read- Harry Potter really is a well written series! Fantasy genre may not get the same recognition as others and won't appear as 'classics' but well worth reading- I'm on the Magicians Guild Series- Spy Traitor at the moment. My dissertation was on childrens literature - had two tutors who were supportive and one who openly said she didn't credit childrens literature...then after I graduated they had a new course- childrens literature!!

    I also had a go making you paper flower (with an old childrens book)

  2. Books without wizards or vampires? No thank you! :) I like your idea of sprucing up the books that are worn (and by worn, I mean loved). I always take the pretty paper cover off when I'm reading so they still look nice when I put them back on the shelf. I like this idea too for paperbacks because I always break my spines and leave those ugly lines.