Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bare Naked Books ~

You've seen them in magazines and catalogs, read all about them on blogs... and you probably gasped at the prices Restoration Hardware was charging for them...

Bare Naked Books...



Found at every garage sale and thrift store... 
Usually with a 50 cent or $1.00 price tag attached... 

Don't like the cover? 

Rip it off... 
stack three... 
or wrap them with twine...

Call it a
BOOK BUNDLE..
(Photo credit: Picture 1 & 2 Ballard Catalog)

You know the drill...
Right?

But are your book bundles looking a bit tired? 

Remember the stencil I used to embellish my vintage bread board? If you missed that post

I was walking the house looking for more quick and easy stencil projects and spotted some bare naked books...


I wondered
 could I stencil them??

Sure... why not!!

Pulled out my Grain Sack Stencils, a paint brush and craft paint...


After a couple of taps, I got this...


Super fast and easy...


To avoid the stencil moving or sliding while I was painting, I decided to use my kitchen drawer as a vice. 

This worked well until the phone rang and I jumped...


My 'No 2' stencil moved a bit 
and resulted in a double shadow.

This imperfection is perfectly acceptable to me..


The bare book before...


...and after.

This project took less than 5 minutes 
for all three books.


I'm loving everything numbered 
and this project is no exception..


It was cheap and so easy!


I used "Very Black" paint and I think it's a bit dark... If I stencil more books, I might try a softer black paint. Or maybe I could sand the paint a bit to soften the color...


I decided to move my numbered books 
into a cubby in our hallway...


Gives just a bit more interest 
with the stencil on the spine...



So, if you are getting bored of your plain naked books... give them a little stencil love... I got mine on Etsy from EuroStencilDesigns.

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76 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I like it! I wonder if a brown paint would be too light. I love the font on this stencil you used.

JunqueMagnet said...

Great idea and everything looks better with numbers (or in French)!Thanks for sharing.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those look great and I love your canvases. You could sand some back off or do a very dry brush technique over the numbers if they are too dark to you. Look fine to me.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Wow the numbers look great to me. What an awesome idea! Love it!

Paula

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

That is awesome!! I love your stenciled books!

High Street Cottage said...

It looks awesome Marcy! I did a stencil of a tray last year, and we used black but softened it with white to make sort of a dark grey, I felt the same way, didn't want it too harsh. And sanding is another thing, as you said, it simply softens it, and does in a minute what time takes years to create. Wonderful job!

Olive Cooper said...

I like the look in your home but I could not bear to tear a cover off a book. Those stencils are wonderful. I showed my husband your bread boards so we can look for one together in our travels.

kpaints said...

Very nice...great addition...like the finishing touch!

Pam said...

Looking good. You can't just have nekked books sitting around :)

Little Leslie said...

You are a trend setter. I'm sure I will see this application happening everywhere. It's a perfect solution. Great going!
Les

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

How pretty! I think it turned out just great.

Hugs,
Judy

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh - so tres cool! Love it (now, if I could only bring myself to actually ripping a cover off a book!) ;o) Happy November! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

sissie said...

Great idea. I love the look!

hugs
Sissie

White Whimsy said...

I love these book bundles. What a great idea to stencil them. Your pictures are lovely.

HeartVintageDesign said...

Love, love, love!

Stephanie said...

Brilliant - love it!

Heaven's Walk said...

Beautiful job! Gotta love those book bundles! They make such a vintage statement in a room. :) I've stamped mine before with a French script stamp and a music stamp and love that look, too!

xoxo laurie

Terry said...

This is cute, cheap and easy decorating that looks so great.

Leah - The Inside Story said...

I love this idea. Your books look fantastic. Very inspirational and so easy to do. Leahx. I am also a new follower.xx

Linda said...

I love your creative spin on the book bundle idea...looks great!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE them! What a great idea and I think they are perfect as is! Martina

Melissa said...

Love the idea! Please click over and join my "cute & creative" Linky Party! I would be honored to have you!

Rhonda said...

You are SO my best friend this week. I'm kidding. But I sure do love this post! Fabulous idea and I plan on trying it tomorrow. Merci!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Love those numbered stencils! Your books look fabulous! Thanks for giving the source!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That does give more interest to the bare naked books! The stenciling looks great. :)

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

This is a superb project! Love the bundled books, but I never thought of stencilling them! Genius.
Visiting from SSS :)

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

I love your bare naked books!!!

Dee

Gayle Page-Robak said...

What a fabulous blog. Loved seeing your creative ideas and it is so nice of you to share them. I have joined your followers listand I am also following by e-mail. I invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle
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Mimi said...

This is the first I've heard of the naked books. I absolutely love this idea. Your stencil idea is lovely. I'm always looking for new things to use in my window displays at my boutique flower shop. But my very favorite idea is using the drawer for a vice. Now that's creative!

Veronica said...

This is gorgeous and I wonder if I can use my scrapping craft antqueing stuff to do this. Our library is selling some old books for a bargain! Love this. Thanks

Veronica
Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

Patti said...

Clever idea to update the look! I love the succulents in the silver pot - so cool!!

Sue said...

Marcy, It is amazing what a simple little change can do to make these books all the more special! I have to do this.... Is your picture of the cows a canvas? It is so cool. I just won a canvas give-away- I should find me a good pic of some cows. :-)
~Sue

Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes said...

Love this idea! So simple yet so fabulous. Followed you over from White Wednesday.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your book bundles and stencils are terrific. I enjoy putting book bundles together and these neat stencils would be a great addition!

Thanks for sharing your creativity with Potpourri Friday!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Oh, so Clever & Very Sweet....

Inspired by you said...

I've got just the right book bundle to try this on. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Genius -- the possibilities are unlimited -- thanks for sharing!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Such a great idea, Marcy! I have a stack of naked books that need some dressing up. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Jo's This and That said...

Neat idea! Thanks for sharing,Joann

Diann said...

I love this look! You might have actually gotten me to tear a few covers of some old beaten up thrifted books! Thank you for sharing this with all of us at
TTF and have a great weekend!

A Cottage Muse said...

What a great idea...thanks for sharing!

WhyCuzICan said...

Naked book movement? Don't know if I've ever heard it called that, but yup, love the look!

Visiting from My Romantic Home's- Show and Tell Friday Linky Party,
Smiles and thanks for sharing,
~Suzanne in NW Illinois

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Such a great idea, it looks wonderful! I've got to get one of those stencils. thanks for sharing the inspiration at VIF! xo

Anne said...

I'm inspired!! Love your ideas...
Thanks for sharing them.

Mandy said...

What a great idea! So cheap and so easy and yet a great decoration. I'd love it if you shared this project at my #7 Link Party at Project Queen. I'm a new follower.
www.projectqueen.org

Design_Fluff said...

I'm loving everything numbered lately as well. Thanks for the how to! Love the stencil! Hopefully I'll be able to put up my new numbered project soon.
http://designfluff.blogspot.com

Dear Lillie said...

Wow!!! I hadn't thought to do that. I just might have to try doing that to some of my naked books!!! They look beautiful!

claudia b said...

Love this idea! I wasn't feeling the naked stacked books but this is really nice, thanks for sharing!!!

Revi said...

Love your idea! And using a drawer for a vise - clever! I just found you for the first time today via White Wednesday, and I'm a new follower! Love your style.
-Revi

the cape on the corner said...

what a great idea. i use books in my decor, but i have yet to rip off a cover.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Gorgeous! I do have some "nekkid" books that are in need of some embellishing!

Love these!!

Lou Cinda ;)

South Bay Studio said...

What a great idea. Kathi

Meredith Resnick, M.Ed, MA said...

I love these with the stencil.... going to give it a try. Stencil plus twine is divine, I think!
Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

Love this! New follower from linky party! Following from http://imnotatrophywife.com

laura

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Great idea! Why didn't I think of this???

the simple essentials said...

This is a great idea. I can use these to make myself appear smarter!

LizlovesVintage said...

These are so creative! Thanks for sharing.
xxx Liz

Okio B Designs said...

Love this look! And I'm definitely someone who fell on the floor at the prices Restoration Hardware was charging. Coming over from Met Monday and so glad I did. I'm your newest follower!

Jeanine

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love these books. Now I need to find some old ones to do this with.

Cottage and Broome said...

Great little project! Will definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing, will be your newest follower, Laura Cottage and Broome

Mandy said...

Hi Marcy - I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your project "stenciled book covers" at the #7 Highlight Linky Party at Project Queen. Thanks so much for linking up and I hope you do so again!
www.projectqueen.org

Fishtail Cottage said...

such a cute idea! i really need to remember to look for books at G-sales....i always forget! thanks for the inspiration! xoox, tracie

Ann said...

This is a great idea. Looks so easy and your stencils are so elegant. I use book covers in my projects so have lots of naked books laying around. I might have to try this. I'm following and pinned this.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What an awesome idea! I Love the numbers on the books. Thanks for sharing!

the vintage wren said...

Ooh I love what you've done with your bare naked books. I wonder if using a brown paint would give you a more sepia toned look...If you want them more subtle. You are finding lots of good ways to use your stencils. I have tons of old books, but I have a really hard time pulling them apart....I love the look though. Just became a new follower. I love your blog : ). Take Care, Carrie

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Great ideas! They look wonderful!

ImSoVintage said...

What a great idea. Happy new follower form White Wednesday.
Laura

Stuff and Nonsense said...

just a note
to let you know
that i'm featuring your book bundles
on this week's
fridays unfolded!

alison

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love these- they are absolutely darling!! Thanks for linking them up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Very creative! They are such a great detail to add to a shelf or table! I'd love if you linked up to my party and shared them!

http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-love.html

Amanda said...

Very cool, I love stencils and naked books! Great execution.

Analog Girl said...

Marcy- I am a huge bibliophile and love all of the book crafting that seems to be popular right now. I especially like the look of bare naked books and I love your twist on them!

Sandra said...

This is a real inspiration. I love books - reading and the older the better. Thanks for sharing.

d e l i g h t said...

These are awesome!

Candylei said...

A wonderful vintage look! I'm going to a used book store soon!!!

SHERRY HART said...

Girl...I am ripping you off right now! Can not wait to borrow this idea.....:) How did you get so smart?