Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chalkboard Books Revisited

I recently made a new batch of these Reader's Digest chalkboard books, but never had a chance to get pictures and share the tutorial again before they went off to their new homes.  I thought this would be a great time to share the tutorial from September, 2011 again...I can't believe it was that long ago.

I have loads of projects I need to work on this week, but it will be a miracle if I get to any of them.  I was away for the holiday weekend and ended up flat on my back by Monday night. I'm moving around a little better this morning, but these backs spasms still have the best of me.  I wonder if this is nature's way of telling me to slow down!


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 free....you 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?  

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