Do you love old books and want to get creative with making your own that look decades old? If you love vintage displays there is just something intriguing about rumpled pages!
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It’s no secret that I love to create vignettes and many times I use books in my styling. Old books with ruffled pages set my heart on fire. I have picked up bunches in my travels over time. These particular books date to the 1800’s and are French. We will be recreating the look here shortly.
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.
HOW TO MAKE NEW BOOKS LOOK OLD
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! Aged paper just looks delicious to me and smells good, but new paper made to look old has less issues.
Use Old Outdated Travel Books
The travel books are outdated and the stock book came from my husband’s office (he’s a hoarder at times:~)) and he actually had 2 of the same copy.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. 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. As a result of using coffee you can achieve a deeper stain.
The books were soaked for about a 30 minute period of time. In the left stack, I ruffled the pages by hand as I set them in the coffee to soak. The books on the right were not ruffled to create a different look. Finally, set in the sun to dry when finished soaking if possible to avoid any mold.
I hope that you have a chance to try this out and let me know how it goes!