Hey guys! It’s Thrifty Style Team time! Thrifty Style Team is a group of talented ladies who get together every month to bring you beautiful and thrifty DIY projects and decor inspiration that won’t break the bank! Thrifty Style Team is hosted by Julie at Redhead Can Decorate!
You can see all these beautiful and thrifty projects and decor inspiration through the links at the end of this post!
My thrifty style project for this month is how to make paperback books look vintage.
Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting you do this with books that are already vintage, limited edition books, literary masterpieces or any other kind of books that are valuable. The kind of books that you should use for this project are paperbacks that you could by at the thrift store for a quarter. Literally tons of paperback books get thrown away each year, so why not repurpose them into decor instead of filling our landfills with them?
Here’s the paperbacks I used for this project. My mom had a bunch of western paperbacks that belonged to my dad. She isn’t into westerns and was going to take them to the recycling station, so I grabbed a few of them to use for this project.
I tore off the paperback covers and any pages at the beginning or end that had large writing on it that would be distracting in decor. Then I put them in a bucket and brewed a pot of strong coffee.
I poured the coffee into the bucket with the books and added enough water to cover all of them. They floated up a bit, so I used a glass electric insulator to hold them down. I allowed them to soak for a few hours.
After soaking for a few hours, I took the paperbacks out of the bucket and poured the coffee out into the garden (it’s good for the plants!). I then laid the paperbacks on our concrete walkway and gently pushed down on them with my hands to squeeze as much of the coffee out as possible. I did it on my concrete walkway so I could rinse away the coffee with a water hose after I was done, but any flat surface will work. Once they were reasonably squeezed out, I opened them to around the halfway point and laid them out on our patio table to dry in the sun (I pushed the table out into the sun after I took this picture). Every few hours why they were drying, I would flip the pages around to the areas that were still wet and lay them out that way to help them dry faster.
It took two days outside in the sun in 90 degree weather for the paperbacks to dry thoroughly. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry so there was no chance of mold once I brought them inside.
I am super happy with how they turned out! I will definitely be using this process to “make” more vintage books!
Be sure to check out all the other beautifully thrifty projects and decor inspiration from the other Thrifty Style Team members through the links below!
Redhead Can Decorate – Sun Clothespin Wreath
The Painted Hinge – How to Make Paperback Books Look Vintage
DIY Beautify – DIY Weathered Wood Pedestal
2 Bees In A Pod – Thrift Store Planters – Thrifty Style Team
Postcards From The Ridge – Tiered Tray Decor Ideas with Thrifty and Vintage Finds
The Creek Line House – Ten Plants to Grow for Home Decor
The How To Home – Upcycled Berry Basket
The Tattered Pew – How to Easily Recover an Old Footstool
Unskinny Boppy – How to Frame a Puzzle without Puzzle Glue
Sweet Pea – DIY Patriotic Vase
What Meegan Makes – Thrifted Mirror Gallery Painted with Homemade Chalk Paint
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – Ethan Allen Console Table Makeover
Thanks so much for joining us and have a wonderful weekend!