In the viral video, the amateur interior designer shows off her "little project during coronavirus isolation".
COVID restrictions inspired many people to take up home improvement projects. Spending so much more time at home, from gardening to re-painting, Australians took up DIY wholeheartedly.
And one in particular that's receieved various opinions, is that of an Australian primary school teacher.
After the educator took to her TikTok to share a personal Coronavirus lockdown DIY project, people found the little design trick to be very divisive.
The video showed the young woman painting her regular paperback book to craft faux designer coffee table books. She explains that the books were a "little project during coronavirus isolation," and she is "so happy with how they turned out".
To create the decorative pieces, she began by taking a paperback copy of The Talisman by Lynda La Plante and coated the cover with a layer of black paint. To speed up the drying process, she used a hairdryer and then put on a light coating of gloss varnish.
She then crafted another version, utilising the book The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell. For this piece, the creative DIY-er paints it white, hits it with a blowdryer and then varnishes it to finish.
The video then skips ahead to show the final result: a small stack of monochrome books with designer logos - Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton - on the spines. She said that she achieved the effect with stencils.
It has been viewed over 350,000 times and induced strong reactions in many people. The TikTok was also posted on Twitter by a designer at the major publisher, Harper Collins, who joked that she should be sent to jail.
The editor of one of the books that she painted even weighed in, saying; "I am speechless! SO RUDE."
The Australian teacher was unphased by the 10,000 Twitter reactions. She even created a follow-up video explaining her reasons:
Reply to @thedannishow literally never meant to offend anyone but I’m also not sorry ??? original sound - rosekaylee_
"Everyone is losing their minds that I painted over these book covers," she begins. "First of all, I picked up all these books for under $2.
"Second of all, the inside of the book is intact, I've not touched the inside at all. So if I do want to read them someday, I could."
She concludes: "Finally, I bought these books with my money, I can do with them as I please. I think it's a little bit crazy that these book people are so butthurt about this, just calm down. No one is ruining your books."
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