DIY Painted Book Cover


It’s Sunday evening and the weekend is quickly drawing to an end. Although a quiet weekend, the time spent has been good for my soul as hubby and I had some great conversations about life and aspirations and we talked until the wee hours of the morning (making Tristan’s early morning soccer game a little more difficult than usual today).

I feel so blessed to have him as my life partner. He motivates me to be better, not only as a person but as a ‘dreamer’. I love seeing the sparkle in his eyes when he talks about our future and what he sees for us in our golden years.

We met as teenagers and by the grace of God, the years have made us stronger. That is not to say we get along all the time, as we have – like many couples – encountered hurdles along the way. But we’ve always tried to keep an open heart and mind to understand and respect each other, with grace and love.


Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us and is the focus of this month’s DecoArt challenge. Hubby and I have never really been into Valentine’s day, but I do LOVE love day, so I made these super simple Valentine’s day books.


I picked up a couple of old books at the thrift store and removed the sleeves. You can save them for later if you wish.


I used regular acrylic paints on the hard book covers.


I found that placing the book facing downwards and open was the best way to paint them as it avoided the paint going on the pages and I could do both sides at the same time.


Once dry, I wrote some simple ‘love’ words.






Very simple, but I like how they look and love that you can customize this to suit your everyday decor.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today.

I hope you have a great start to your week!

much love,



  1. says

    I love your idea, Lucy. I have a few old books that I can’t seem to part with, but they look so sad. I think I have to get to the craft store for paint! Thanks so much!

  2. says

    Lucy… that is such a sweet project. I LOVE it! Even more… I love how you and your husband may not be into Valentine’s Day… but are into each other and that your hubby is your biggest cheerleader. What a true blessing. Thanks for this lovely post. XO

  3. says

    Lucy — These are so cute! I love that you and your husband spend time talking about the future, and that me and my SO aren’t the only one who have those conversations until all hours of the morning — HAHA. ;-) What an impact for such a little bit of effort. Love it!


  4. says

    One of the staff members at liked these so much they shared with the entire team and we just love them! What a wonderful idea and thanks for sharing!

  5. Gail Plaskiewicz says

    What a cute idea! Instead of writing the words because some people have terrible handwriting (a friend of mine has the worst!) you could stamp on the words. I have alphabet stamps and word stamps. I like this idea. Thanks for showing it to us. You have nice printing by the way.

  6. says

    Hi Lucy! I think these books are just adorable! I would like to share one picture with a link back to this post, on my blog as part of a favorites roundup I am currently writing. Is that OK with you?

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