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Splatter Painted Books

Months ago, the incredibly talented (& hilarious) Sherry Hart shared an Instagram pic of some splatter painted book covers while out on one of her fabulous shopping excursions... I have been thinking about them ever since.  Months people!!!  Well after sharing the idea with a client, I decided it was time to try them out for myself.  My friends I am happy to report that this was beyond easy, stress relieving & turned out a pretty chic result.  Chloe helped too & was having fun until she realized I was using her "rocket ship" (cardboard box) as my splatter booth.  Don't worry all was well after the paint dried.

There are two ways you can accomplish this look.  The rebel way or the goody goody way.  I went with rebel... I simply took three hardcover books that were on our shelves that had zero interest to any of our family members & I painted them.  I gave them two coats of basic white primer, but any white paint would do.  After drying I went all 80's on them & splattered them using black acrylic craft paint & a smaller paint brush.  Done & done.  The goody goody way would be to simply spatter paint some white paper & wrap the books like you did in middle school.  Both would achieve a similar look... my way just cut out the middle man. 

If the whole title thing is bothering you, you could always add a handwritten title on the spine which would look pretty great as well.  I think...

New accessories meant a little styling shuffling on our handmade console.  I added a few things from around the house including one of my husband's vintage wooden boxes & my new favorite accessory from Furbish Studio.  Love my gold urchin!  I also stuck my Brass Trunk under the console... & I love it here!  This way, when Chloe wants one of her toys (that's her toy box) I just slide it out & open it up, verses having to take off whatever was styled on top of it before.

Get your smocks on, tease your hair & get your splatter on people.  You know you want to.

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  1. Julia @cuckoo4designOctober 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Fabulous! Love them and now I will have splatter painted books on my mind too ;)

  2. Love this Kristen! I am totally ready to get my splatter on! Have a great week!

  3. This is so cute. Now I want to paint all my books! :)

  4. Love this idea!!

  5. Laura Stutzman House EnvyOctober 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    love these! What a cute idea! Your styling is awesome!

    House Envy

  6. Love all the black/white!

  7. Comfy Cozy CoutureOctober 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    This is a great idea...loving the black and white splatter!

  8. Karen Perlot GoodmanOctober 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    What a great visual pop! I may have to try this!

  9. simplymodernhome.comOctober 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Looks fabulous...and FUN!

  10. I need to do this! I've been scouring thrift stores for cute books to style my built ins with and can't find anything cute. Problem solved!

  11. love this little vignette and painting the books is really great. i think it looks so much better than when you use paper!

  12. So chic!!

  13. can I just say your styling is out of this world!! Seriously- your eye for details and what makes a good "shot" is mind blowing and I so totally wished you lived nearby so you could come style my client shoots! Its a gift girl! a true gift!

  14. Looks fantastic, such a good way to restyle ugly books. I'd definitely be going the goody goody route though. Love the additions as well, the urchin is gorgeous!


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