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Easy DIY Farmhouse Book Stack Decor – Thrift Store Transformation

Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!

Good morning, friends! I’m so excited to be sharing my latest DIY project – an easy DIY farmhouse book stack! This project is so easy to make and is the perfect home decor accent. I can’t wait to make more of them for my home!

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Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!

I’m joining up with some blogger friends for a Blog Hop, and we’ll all be sharing our Thrift Store Transformations today! Make sure to find everyone’s projects at the end of my post!

I recently started seeing some super sweet book stacks on Instagram lately, and was so excited to make some of my own! DIY is one of my favorite things ever, so when I spot some decor that I know I can make myself I usually go for it.

Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!

The materials for this DIY farmhouse book stack decor are so budget friendly, and you can make your own in under 30 minutes! Budget friendly, simple, and fast DIY’s are my most favorite projects!

Materials Needed:

How to make an easy DIY farmhouse book stack

First you will start by finding 3 books that are similar in height and thickness. I found tons of paperback books at Goodwill that were the same size and only a $1 each! It doesn’t matter what kind of book it is, because you will be removing the covers.

Next you will tear off the covers of each book, as well as the first couple pages if you’d like. The front page of the top book will be visible, so I flipped through a few pages to find a page that looked good.




Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!

After removing the covers I had found a couple spots on the spine of one of the books that had some glue showing through. I took some white chalk paint and quickly gave it a coat to blend in the glue spots. This made it blend in a bit more so there wasn’t so much contrast. You could totally leave it as-is and skip the white paint if you want to go for a more distressed and rustic look.

Then I took some of my black paint on a small artist’s paintbrush, and brushed it onto my stamps when I started stamping the words. I found that by adding the paint to the stamps with a paintbrush, there was less bleeding when stamping the letters. I first tried dipping the stamp into a small dab of paint, and it did not work well! The result was a big blob of paint that looked nothing like a letter!

Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!

I started with the last letter of each word, this will ensure that you won’t run out of room while you are stamping each word. When I did each letter I made sure to press down hard and slightly move the stamp around in a circular motion to make sure all the paint is transferred onto the book.

These farmhouse book stacks are meant to look imperfect and rustic, so you don’t have to worry too much if your letters don’t perfectly line up! That’s a good thing because it leaves some room for error! I had a couple imperfect letters but I just embraced the worn look of it.

Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!
Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!

After I finished my words and the paint had dried, I placed them in a stack and tied some extra twine I had in my craft stash. I tied it around the stack like a present, laying the twine across the top, then twisting around the back and bringing it up to the top to tie it. Then I wrapped each end around the book one more time to give it more layering.

Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!
Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!
Thrift Store Transformation Tuesday! See how I transformed some old paperback books into some beautiful farmhouse decor!

I added a faux tulip stem that I picked up in the dollar spot section at Target. It’s perfect for Spring and would be such a sweet gift for Mother’s Day, or for a teacher gift! This easy DIY farmhouse book stack was so fun to make, and I love looking at it in my home. I can’t wait to make more of these easy decor book stacks!

Here are all of the amazing bloggers sharing some of their Thrift Store Transformations today:

A Heart Filled Home

Sunshine Valley

Jessica Simmons

Our NC Nest

Health Home and Heart

Hayden Scharrer

Laila Belles

I hope you were inspired by these Thrift Store Transformations! It is so fun to see how a little time and creativity can totally transform a piece. If you’re planning to make one of these projects let me know in the comments! Have you had any great Goodwill finds lately? Thank you for stopping by! Blessings -Leslea


Make sure to follow along with me on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for more DIY project ideas and home decor inspo!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Amanda April 9, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I absolutely love this project, Leslea! I’ll most definitely be trying this.

    • Reply Leslea April 9, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Thank you so much Amanda! So glad that you love it! 🙂

  • Reply Amy April 9, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a great idea! I love it! I think I’m going to have to make some of these for myself. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial! And thank you for hosting the blog hop. I am so happy to be a part of it. 🙂

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