DIY * How To Make New Books Look Old


It's no secret that I love to create vignettes and many times I use books in my styling. Old books with those rumpled and ruffled pages set my heart on fire, and I have picked up bunches in my travels over time. Today I'm going to share a secret...

that things aren't always what they appear to be, although these particular books date to the 1800's and are French. I love old books!


They just add that "je ne sais quois" to this autumn mantel setting for me! I even stuffed some books and pumpkins into a lantern for autumn...which you can see in THIS post of my HOME TOUR fall 2015...



They can be used to give height to objects and can be turned so that the ruffly pages are on the outside for texture.


If you don't have a trip to France planned in the near future to find books are from the 1800's, it's pretty simple to create the look with this little DIY.



Get yourself some paperback books that aren't literary masterpieces and not worth saving. The best place to find them on the cheap are obviously thrift stores and yard sales. I have been downsizing the "stuff" in our home and what better way to add to my "old" book collection than by using what I and creating VINTAGE LOOKING BOOKS. Aged paper just looks delicious to me and smells good!

The travel books are outdated and the stock book came from my husband's office (he's a hoarder at times:~)) and he actually had 2 of the same copy. Please don't tell him that I took one, wink...wink


The first step is to rip off the covers and any pages inside that have the editorial text that is usually in larger print.


Find yourself a deep bowl with a flat bottom that is wide enough to fit your paperbacks into lying flat as well. This one is actually the top of a Tupperware cake saver. I knew that I must have had that around for SOME reason.


Make yourself a pot of strong coffee and pour it over the books, as shown. If you have enough to cover them that's better. Once you have the books wet, open up the pages and get them soaked really well. This will help the pages absorb the liquid and ruffle up nicely. Leave the books to soak for several hours if possible for more stain...
I know that some people use tea for staining but I prefer to use coffee for a richer look and I dye fabrics with coffee as well.


The books on the left were soaked for longer and the pages ruffled by hand as I set them in the coffee to soak, while the books on the right were not. Set in the sun to dry when finished soaking if possible to avoid any mold.

antique books

I hope that you have a chance to try this out and let me know how it goes, and if you enjoyed this please PIN IT...