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Painted Birchwood Book Décor

Americana® Acrylics

Painted Birchwood Book Décor
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Painted Birchwood Book Décor

Painted Birchwood Book Décor

designed by Sonja Stevens

Painted books make a versatile addition to any home décor, especially in this on-trend birchwood pattern painted with Americana® Acrylics.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Neutral Grey (DAO95)
  • Soft Black (DA155)
  • Whispering Turquoise (DA305)
  • White Wash (DAO2)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • DuraClear® Satin Varnish (DS21)

Other supplies

  • 3/4" flat brush
  • 1/4" flat brush
  • 3/4" painter's tape
  • craft or utility knife
  • hardcover book (5 books in varying heights and thicknesses)
  • fine tip brush


NOTES: Allow paint to fully dry before applying another coat of paint or changing colors. For more coverage, apply a second coat of paint.

  1. Remove the paper dust jackets from all the hardcover books.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Paint the hardcovers in Whispering Turquoise.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Stack the books in the order they will be displayed on the bookshelf.
  4. Paint all the book spines in White Wash. Paint half of the front cover of the first book in White Wash as well.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Align the books so the spines are flush and lay the books down horizontally for easier painting.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Begin to place pieces of tape along the book spines to block out the birch branches: Place the first piece of painter’s tape on a diagonal on top of the first book’s spine. Wrap it around the front of the book as well. (See photo.)
    Step 5 Example
  7. Apply a second piece of tape overlapping the first to make the birch branch thicker.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Move on to the second book and apply a piece of tape along the entire length of the spine.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Position the next piece of tape on a diagonal overlapping the third and fourth books. Thicken the birch branch by adding a parallel piece of tape.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Continue with the fourth and fifth books by adding tape. (See photo.)
    Step 9 Example
  11. Using a utility knife, cut the tape joining the books, taking care not to cut the hardcovers.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Separate the books keeping note of the order from one to five. Paint over the taped spines in Whispering Turquoise covering all White Wash-painted areas.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Peel away the painter’s tape.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Touch up any rough edges with a fine tip paintbrush and White Wash.
  15. Using a smaller flat brush, mix White Wash with a bit of Neutral Grey and apply it along the birch branches.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Work one branch at time, keeping note of which branches are layered in behind or in front of each other.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Using a fine tip paintbrush, apply irregular Neutral Grey dashes along the lengths of each branch.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Continue working one branch at a time.
    Step 17 Example
  19. Using a fine tip paintbrush, apply smaller, irregular Soft Black dashes over the Neutral Grey marks.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Continue working one branch at a time.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Using a large flat brush, apply DuraClear Satin Varnish over the painted hardcovers.
    Step 20 Example
  22. Allow enough time to dry before displaying them on a bookshelf.
    Step 21 Example