One of my favorite blogs is Jennifer Rizzo. I always enjoy her posts and seeing what she's up to! She has a sweet vintage eclectic style that I find myself very drawn to. In October of last year, Jennifer did a post showing how she painted and aged some old encyclopedias. I absolutely loved the look she created and tucked that image into a nook of my brain for hopeful future reference.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Robin stopped into the shop lugging an armful of heavy old encyclopedias. She asked if I wanted them. At first, I was like "what am I going to do with them" then my brain kicked into high gear and that image from Jen's blog from way back when inched its way forward. I told Robin, hold on a minute, let me google something! Within a few minutes, I had found this image from Jen's blog post:
So, needless to say, I was immediately inspired to recycle Robin's old encyclopedias if she was ok with it. She said "go for it" and "make a stack for me!"
I used Jen's instructions and techniques and thought I would share how mine turned out!
I started with a huge stack of vintage encyclopedias that looked like this. Robin's husband Dick told me he remembers paying $5k for the complete set from a door to door salesman back in the 70's!
I set about to start painting them on my kitchen counter. I laid out a plastic dropcloth and just started slathering some Behr Pure White latex paint. It took two coats.
Next, I added a layer of glaze. It really made the embossing start to show.
Then I used my vintage stamps to add numbers to the sides.
I love how they turned out, so perfectly imperfect and all old world like.
I played around with the middle one by dry brushing some white paint over top of the glaze. I like how it lightened it up a bit. Just playing around with different techniques. That's half the fun! Seeing what you can come up with!
I was able to complete 8 of them during this first batch. 5 for Robin and 3 for a display in my shop!
Just 50 or so to go! Haha!! There's a lot of encyclopedias in a set!!
Thank you Jennifer Rizzo for the idea and inspiration! Fun project! And what a great way
to breath new life into those "dinosaur" encyclopedias!
~ vintage love ~