A few weeks back, I found this sturdy but plain little shelf out on the curb for trash pick up. Well, around the same time I fell in love with all things book pages. (Maybe you remember my little table?) … Continue reading
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Friends and family who have been to my house or attended our wedding might know that I love old books!
We used old books as the table numbers/centerpieces for our wedding and they line many shelves in our home.
I love their old covers, the faded old spines and especially love finding books with really old publish dates and personal notes on the inside cover. I love the yellowing and aging of the pages as well, which is what inspired me to start using the pages themselves in my home decor.
Here are some of the ways that I have used old book pages:
*frame them as is.
*apply a stamp, stencil, sticker, drawing etc. and then frame.
*use the pages and some Modge Podge to decopauge a piece of furniture or any flat surface. (Just paint the surface you want to deco. with Modge Podge, then lay out your paper pieces. Flatten them out and paint Modge Podge over the whole thing until you have a nice, hard topcoat. Let dry between coats.) I added a fleur de lis stamp after the Modge Podge was dry. (Not bad for a $5 Habitat table!)
Old books and book pages are instant vintage and add instant romance, in my opinion.
Please share your ideas on using old book pages in home decor!
PS: Don’t say read them… I beat you to the punch line.
PSS: I know some people are super sensitive and whatnot about “destroying” books. These books have been sitting on the Goodwill shelves for who-knows-how-long getting destroyed by dust and rot from old age. They probably would have ended up in the trash can. Now their legacy lives on. 🙂
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