Friday, September 23, 2011

Chalkboard Books

I picked up some 1975-1983 Reader's Digest Condensed Books at an antique shop a few months ago for just $2.00 each.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, so I stashed them away until inspiration hit while I was using chalkboard paint on another project.

 This one is decorated with a vintage mother of pearl buckle and buttons, then topped off with an old clip on earring.

These Reader's Digest books make perfect specimens for chalkboards.  They're inexpensive, easy to find, they're thick and stand up easily, the front covers are smooth, and they're guilt can still read them.

 I taped off the front and used a paper towel to cover up the back and sides.  I sprayed on one coat of black primer and two coats of Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint. 
  I cut the trim about 3" longer than the book and then used my finger to apply regular ol' Elmer's glue directly to the trim.  I wrapped it around the inside on both ends and put a piece of wax paper under the front cover to keep the glue from sticking to the first page.

 The metallic silver rosette used to be a shoe clip.  I added a vintage earring to the center and another rhinestone earring to the bottom of the rosette.

 Since there's not a lot of room for writing, wouldn't several of these look good together with just one letter on each book?  I'm off to tackle the other two.
I'm linking up my chalkboard books with:

My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can,
Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party,
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday,
Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Monday,
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, and
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures,
Brambleberry Cottage,
Homemaker on a Dime for Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop,
Decor to Adore for Fall in Love with your Home


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a great idea, Betsy. Don't you love it when inspiration hits. Your chalkboard books look fantastic, and would make great gifts.

Marsha Marsha Marsha said...

What a great idea! Ya know, I had about 20 or more of those! My dad used to buy them for me, with the short stories!!!!!

I no longer have them though . . I gave them away years ago along with my complete (at that time) collection of Nancy Drew books which I could kick myself for!


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Super repurpose, Betsy. Those Reader's Digest Condensed books are so easy to find. Excellent ideas!!!

Loretta said...

Betsy this is such a unique idea...the vintage jewelry and lace gives it a vintage flair!

Cheryl said...

What a great idea....Love it!!
Thanks for the inspiration,

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Very creative idea! They look great.

Wax Beach Artist said...

That is a great idea! Wow, it looks so great and like you said, "guilt free"! Love it, love it, love it!

Jane said...

This is a wonderful idea! I have been on a chalkboard kick lately but never thought to apply it to a book. I have several old books so I'm definitely going to do this. Thx!!!

Trisha said...

So clever, and creative. You never cease to amaze me. Blessings and thanks.

Gail said...

What a neat idea! I need to pick up a few more books in my thrifting. I've pretty much used up all my books I've picked up here and there.

Enjoy your weekend,

Susanne said...

What a great idea! I love the older covers, so pretty, but the newer ones, this is a definite improvement.

Your vendor space looks great. Funny, before I read the caption I was thinking 'look at all that space!'

pamq said...

How do you get all this done and keep coming up with such great ideas???

I swear you must never sleep.......

Bohemian said...

A Lovely transformation and creative touch! Thank you for stopping by, yes, that long row of Green Lockers was amazing wasn't it? The Booth belongs to a Friend of mine and if I only had the empty wall space that unit (which was 2 separate pieces that fit together) would have been a fabulous way to store my Fabrics and supplies in an organized and appealing way! And I was eyeballing those Grates, I might just get a couple of those because our Old House still has that Style but over the years a few got Stolen when the House was Vacant for a period of time.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

WOW, you really rock at taking thrift store finds and transforming them into beautiful art! I may just have to steal this idea (and give you credit, of course!) Now I'm on the prowl for some of those RD Condensed books!


Nicole {Home for Hire} said...

So fun! I love this idea :)

Diane Writes said...

WOW! Simple yet I super love it.

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

cute idea! btw, i have many fond memories of reading those RD books as a child. My grandfather subscribed to them and gave them to us to read. Talk about cultivating a love for reading! Nothing like a brand new book, and they were so fancy it made us feel special. I still have a few my mom kept over the years.

A Cottage Muse said...

Great the embellishments!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Great idea! Our library gives those away for free during their book sales..need to gather some up next time!

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I just love your clever decor! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

Happy Monday! said...

I would of never thought of using chalkboard paint on books!! They are so adorable & charming...well done.


Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

This is an amazing idea! Seriously, inspiration at it's finest!

PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on on my blog right now. Come by when you get a chance! :)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

What a fun, "guilt free" repurposing idea, Betsy! I haven't been able to bring myself to rip the covers off of books, but THIS I could do and not feel bad. ;)

Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday each week.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think this is a great idea! I just got a bunch of books at that auction, something fun and different!


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love this idea!!! So many things you could do with this too! Thanks for stopping in today, great to meet you!
Take care

c.w.frosting said...

Fabulous idea! I never would have thought to paint a book! Also like your idea of one letter per book.

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Ivy and Elephants said...

What an amazing idea. I never would have thought of that. Next time I go thrifting I know what I am looking for. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!


kristiB said...

I am your newest follower, Love this post!!! You are so inspirational :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

That is such a good idea. Can you believe I have never tried chaulk paint? One of these days tho!!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I picked up some of these books today, do you think I have to use primer or might the chalkbopard paint work without it? (Not like I'm impatient or anything!)


Karena said...

What a terrific, inventive idea!! Great job!

I have just linked up with Laura's party!

Art by Karena

gail said...

Betsy, I was looking for a good book repurpose for my upcoming show. Thanks so much for some great inspiration!
catching you!

Barbara Jean said...

More cuteness you clever girl!!

Sue said...

Betsy, I love this idea! I like that you added the bling with the buttons and the lace. It's lovely!
~ Sue

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

These are so fun and adorable!! Love your sweet vintage embellishments! And Yippee for guilt free!! Lol....I seem to have that problem with books :) Happy Friday!! xo Holly