Repurposed Bricks Make Beautiful Books

Quirky / Funky
Brick book display, by Daryl Fitzgerald

Brick book display, by Daryl Fitzgerald.

Talk about a weighty subject! Aussie artist, Daryl Fitzgerald of Light Reading Melbourne turns recycled bricks into literary and, for sure, home decor gold. These made-to-order pavers are hand stenciled with paint and meticulously created to mimic real novels, worn pages and all. What’s especially genius and unique about these intentionally vintage-looking “books” is that their wabi sabi texture, all the interesting cracks and chips, has been naturally revealed by time.

Bummer they aren’t available in America, but that makes sense seeing the shipping fees would be quite hefty. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to do-it-ourselves if we want to display one or several of these bound brick beauties at home. How fantastic would they make as bookends – they’d be practically invisible!

Now that’s heavy.

Brick books on a blue staircase

Brick books on a blue staircase. source: salvageandselvedge.blogspot.com.au

Classic brick books

Classic brick books.

Brick books up close

Brick books up close.

Brick books with worn paper detail

Brick books with worn paper detail.

Photo source: facebook.com/LightReadingMelbourne and salvageandselvedge.blogspot.com.au.

Would you try to DIY a brick book for your shelves? Would you hand paint or stencil it?

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Written By Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, brand ambassador, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.

  • Erin @ The Great Indoors

    How cool! A tad heavier than the originals, I’d say!

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      @Erin…yes, we agree! They are cool and their heaviness makes these great book ends! Thanks for commenting!

    • Kris

      How would I make these? I have the bricks, paints, etc.
      How do you transfer the actual book/paper jacket and font onto the bricks?

      • http://www.dwellingz.com Skaie Knox

        These bricks were all hand-painted. You could possibly try this if you didn’t want to free-hand it:

        1. Print out on regular paper what you’d like to transfer onto the brick. It should be the size of the brick, of course.
        2. Smear/spread white chalk on the back-side of that piece of paper, enough to cover the size of your image.
        3. Now take a SHARP pencil, and trace over the image.
        4. The chalk should transfer nicely onto the brick.
        5. Paint as best you can the details.

        I hope this helps! Good luck and send a photo or two to skaie@homejelly.com. We’d love to feature it!

  • Light Reading Melbourne

    Thanks for the post Skaie!

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      You’re so welcome! I LOVE your bricks…hope to come see them in person one day soon!

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    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      I’d love to see them! Please share!

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  • Small Talk Mama

    I love old books, and I love these bricks! I’m going to try this, but I plan to use a transfer medium to see how that works.

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      That’s fantastic Small Talk Mama! I’d love to see how yours turns out…and how you did it! Keep me posted! Thanks for jump’n over to HomeJelly!

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  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/LondonandGranger Felie Hempfling

    Such a creative idea, and a great way to add some fun in the garden! I’m not a painter so I’d love to see how a transfer medium turns out!

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      I love these, too! I think a transfer medium would work great. Just as long as you have a relatively flat brick surface. It might be helpful to lightly sand it, then clean it really well. Good luck! Send us a picture if you’d like…skaie@homejelly.com.

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  • maria

    Absolutely fantastic

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      Aren’t they fun, Maria? Thanks for the kind words!

  • Fliptrx

    I can’t wait to go off in my own direction on these for book-ends.

    I want to try using the spines and pages from old books that I pick up in second hand stores along with a clear varnish of some sort and decoupaging the bricks…then wear them down to expose the brick. Then a final varnish.

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      Thanks for stopping by Fliptrx! Your idea sounds fantastic and fun! If you’d like to take pictures and send them to us, we’d love to feature you on HomeJelly! Just send them to skaie@homejelly.com. We hope to hear from you and thanks for joining the conversation!

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  • http://intelligentdomestications.com/2014/05/summer-salad-series-grilled-chicken-black-bean-warm-salad.html Shirley Wood

    This is so very creative and a wonderful eclectic addition to landscaping! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      We think so, too, Shirley! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Liz

    How did you do your lettering? Are they stenciled? Thanks!

    • http://www.dwellingz.com Skaie Knox

      I personally did not make these bricks, but I do understand it was originally done by hand. I plan on doing this project some day and would absolutely use a stencil. A steady hand and sharp pencil will make the project look fab! Good luck and thank you for stopping by, Liz!

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  • Louanne Calvin

    I wonder if using sewing transfer paper would be easier to use than making chalk paper?

    • http://www.dwellingz.com Skaie Knox

      Hi Louanne – good idea! When it comes to DIYing…it never hurts to try different techniques. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/revolutiondesign0405 Daidria Eckels

    I make these here in the states! No stencils, all by hand, custom special orders 🙂 check them out! Also on Instagram @revolutiondesign6

    • http://www.dwellingz.com Skaie Knox

      Hi Daidria! That’s so cool! I can imagine how difficult hand-painting would be on such an uneven surface. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mitzie freeman

      Would love to see some of your work!! Do you have a website as I am not on Instagram!!! Thanks!!!

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