How to spray paint vintage 3D papier-mache bookends
The idea is to create simple bookends from MDF and papier-mâché that can be purchased directly on line. You can also make your own if you have the tools.
Materials needed to make vintage bookends
- MDF ( Medium-density fiberboard) or wooden boards of 20cm length.
- Papier-mâché craft letters.
- Paper glue (polybond ,pva or water base wood glue is perfect).
- Pintyplus Evolution Gold spray paint.
- Pintyplus black spray chalk paint.
- Cotton buds or a sponge.
Building the MDF bookends
Cut the MDF 20cm x 6cm (four lengths of this size to be cut). Glue the MDF as shown in photo and leave it to dry. When the glue is dry, glue the papier-mâché letters into position. Then let them dry .
Spray painting and distressing the vintage MDF bookends
Completely cover the bookends in the Pintyplus gold Evolution spray paint. Leave it to dry (only take a few minutes to dry).
Then coat the bookends completely with the Pintyplus black chalk spray paint. You don’t need to be too fussy about the finish coat of black as we are trying to achieve an aged look. Then dab your cotton bud in some water and remove the black spray paint from the edges of the letters. Sandpaper would be too harsh to achieve this look as it will remove too much of the black and gold paint.
The Pintyplus gold Evolution spray paint is solvent based and the Pintyplus Chalk spray paint is water based, this is why the cotton bud removes the black chalk paint to reveal the gold.
Finally leave to dry completely and admire your beautiful new (old!) vintage MDF 3D papier-mâché Bookends.
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