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Painted Book Stacks DIY

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Have you seen the latest in farmhouse decor? These white painted books are showing up everywhere. I’ve seen them all over Facebook and Pinterest, the minute I spotted the hardback books at Dollar Tree, I knew exactly what I was going to do. This book stack DIY is so easy and anyone can do it. Today is our monthly Dollar Store Design day and we have affordable ideas galore, be sure to see check all the others out at the end of the blog post. 

From this…

white spray paint - make these

to this, Painted White Book Stacks, perfect for farmhouse decor.

White book stacks

Welcome to this month’s Dollar Store Design Squad Challenge!

Can you believe the transformation? A can of Ultra Matte Rust-oleum spray paint and 3 hard back books from Dollar Tree never looked so good. The rope is from Dollar Tree too, I already had the ribbon. I included affiliate links for the products used.


  1. Books (I looked around and $1 was the cheapest books that I found)
  2. Spray paint – White Matte Rust-oleum (any color, any brand)
  3. Ribbon/Rope – Gingham Ribbon
  4. Transfers Chalk Couture Vintage Add ON (sticky stencils)
  5. Chalk Paste (I used Black and Gray)


  • Open the books to about the middle, spread out on whatever surface you will use to spray paint them. I put mine outside on a tub that I’ve turned upside down.
  • Spray paint with flat spray paint, I like flat because it looks more shabby chic. Apply 1-2 coats of paint, letting it dry according to instructions on the spray paint can.
  • Let the books dry overnight.
  • Apply transfer (stencil) to the area that you choose.
  • Using Chalk Paste, squeegee over the silk screen area to product the design on the books.Chalk Couture Transfers and paste used to DIY book stack farmhouse style

After the books were completely dry, I placed the re-usable transfers (sticky stencils with a silk screen area) on the books. For the wording, I used black Chalkology paste. Add the paste and use a squeegee to spread. See the photo above. The wind mill was chalked in gray (Storm Chalk Paste).

book stack with farmhouse stack

You can add  lettering, quotes and just about anything you can think of to dress up the books! I used a windmill and antique shop words. You can also use sand paper to distress the books if you’d like. I love the white farmhouse look.

farmhouse design stacked books

Tie the ribbon around the books and add rope, totally optional. I love the texture that the rope adds.

book stakes white farmhouse

These stacks would look great on the bookshelf, end table, or any space in your home that needs a little extra. Just think of all the ways that you could personalize them to your home. 

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    7 thoughts on “Painted Book Stacks DIY”

    1. What a cute idea! Our local libraries have a book sale once a year with some books 25 cents or less. Sometimes I get vintage-looking ones I wouldn’t paint, but others would be great for this project!

    2. ohhh, Debbie! I can see why these are your favorite so far. They are so adorable. cheap & easy lol


      thanks for joining in the Dollar Store Design Squad this month!



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