A Vintage Book ProjectOctober 25, 2011
I had been wanting to wallpaper the back walls of the built-in bookcases we had made for our living room when we moved back to The Gainsborough years back. But I also was not sure I would like it, as I was worried that the wallpaper might close in the space. I decided to do a quick fix, which we like so much, that we will most likely keep as it is. I had found 2 different dictionaries when I was out hunting & gathering. Both were coming apart, with pages falling out of them. These would be perfect to use as a wallpaper alternative.
Using double stick tape, I pulled pages that had words or images that I liked, then double stick taped around the entire 4 sides of the page. The variation of color and size of the 2 books was what I was after.
I then overlapped pages, varying the 2 varieties of papers, so there was not necessarily a consistent pattern. I really wanted each shelf to look similar but different.
The result was exactly what I was going for. It adds visual interest, but does not make it feel too closed in. The collection of Juliska glasses that I like to use as vases works great as you can see thru them a bit, and see hints of the paper.
This quick papering method would probably not work well for heavily trafficked areas, but that is not an issue in the back of bookcase.
We had mirrors made to fit into the middle section of the bookcases. The mirror really allows for light to bounce around the space.
I love projects that make you see your home in new and fresh perspectives.