Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Books as cheap decor!

I don't know about you, but I feel like I have more books then a small town library. Most of the time I pass them on to friends who pass them on, etc and so on. SOMETIMES, I'll have a book that I can't part with. I book I LOVE and I'm afraid I won't get it back unless it's from the most dear friend. The Twilight series. Oops, did I just type that out loud?

Using your scrapbook paper (YOU all have some, right?) is a GREAT INEXPENSIVE way to add a little color and interest to your shelving. OR you can unify all your books by covering them in the same paper. I wanted mine to add some interest because my nook is painted ALL WHITE so the papers are shades of white with a bit of blue and black thrown in.  Kraft paper, clearance wallpaper rolls or rolls of kids coloring paper are just a few ideas you can use as well. These covered books are also a pretty way to lift a decorative piece you want to have more prominence.  So get out some of those books you have laying around, some FUN paper and spruce up your bookshelves!

That's a quick way to make a change to your bookshelves! Plus it's CHEAP, who doesn't like that?
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38 comments:

Laura Lynn said...

They look great!

I love using books as decor. I'll even buy vintage books with interesting covers at fleas or antique stores just to prop something up or use them as objets d' art!

Good job!
Laura

a little bit vintage said...

Great idea, Robyn! :) I just might have to try it.

Smiles,
Rachel

It's me said...

Yes yes !! i like it !!! great job !! Robyn............have a happy day tomorrow....with your lovely kids...........love.....Ria....

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

They look so pretty all covered! I like turning them around for more unity as well, kind of wierd but fun! Lucky you, I forgot you won the duvet! This project is one of those that will come together a piece at a time. I don't really have the inspiration pictures like the guestroom. I'm on a huge budget. I did go to Ikea and pick up so cheap curtains today :)

Tina said...

Such a fabulous idea Robyn! I have also photocopied favourite fabrics that I love, to cover books with. Love how yours look in your nook:) Hugs ~ Tina xx

McCarthy Designs said...

Decorating with books is a great idea, I love to read so what better way to incorporate two of my favourite things. Your books look fantastic in your nook.xx

Cielo Azul Jewelry said...

What a great idea. They really look wonderful. Now I just have to wait until my kids won't unwrap them, LOL! LOVE this look=0)

Have a great night,
xoxo,
Carol

My Cottage Charm said...

Love that paper on those last two books....what is that?....where did you get it?! :)
I love to cover books in paper...you and I are just so much alike! :)
Love ya girlie!
Missy

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love how you have covered your books. They look so pretty. Thanks for suggesting covering the books with pretty paper. Love & blessings from NC!

Robyn said...

HI! THANKS Ladies! I know the very bottom paper is www.jennibowlin.com but I don't know if she makes that one anymore
BUT all and I mean ALLLLLL of her stuff is gorgeous and vintage inspired! PLuS she's sooo sweeet to with the BEST ideas!

Stacey said...

I am following White Wednesday. I love your book/scrapbook paper idea. It is genious! I am going to steal your idea. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The books look so wonderful covered in the beautiful scrapbook paper!! I may have to try that!

oldgreymare said...

I really want to do this esp to all my way too colorful decorating books but how will I ever know which is which? :{

Suzan

Eri said...

Hi Robyn,
I love books, and I have many in my home; but you had a great idea! sometimes we have old books, sometimes not very interesting books and so that we could try to change their suit;o)
have a nice day, bye bye!

Michella said...

Hi Robyn :))
I absolutely love what you did with the books!!! I have plenty of books and scrapbooking paper...I will definitely be stealing that idea :))
Have a wonderful W.W.
~ Michella ~
~~~xoxo~~~

曉薇 said...

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32˙North said...

Hi Robyn,

Great project - the black and white paper is especially pretty!

Amanda

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

this is so fantastic!! my local craft store just had a huge sale on their gorgeous scrapbook paper, i should have clearly picked up some sheets.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Yeah, I'm into the book thing too! Yours look sensational! Great to see you on WW--Jacqueline

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

This is a really cute idea! I love that you can make books look adorable like yours. Great tip!

Theresa said...

Great tip and really like the look! Happy WW!

Our Back Porch said...

That is an awesome idea! They look great! Thanks for sharing that on this White Wednesday!

Back Porch Blessings,
Rebecca

Kate said...

Hi Robyn
What a terrific and creative idea!!! Great stuff here on your blog I can't wait to sift through all of your ideas. What girl doesn't love some inspiration!! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!!!

Warm wishes
Kate

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What a Fabulous way to change the decor, Cover the Books with Scrapbook Papers ~ Now why didn't I think of that..... Thanks for Sharing

C.R.A.F.T. said...

you're a genius :) love this idea! which is why I have an award waiting for you at my blog !!

June said...

These look so awesome Robyn. I just love how your nook turned out. What a great space just for you!
hugs

miss corner cape said...

looks great, i love that idea. i just used books to make my new lamps higher in the bedroom (that i will be posting in the next week or two.)

how have i not seen your blog before? i love it, and i'm gonna follow as soon as i leave this comment! thank you so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your kind words on my little birdy art!

This Photographers Life (Architecture+Interiors) said...

This is an excellent idea! I have been trying to get this look for a while, but thought it was much more complicated than this!

Dana said...

What a great idea. Why didn't I think of that? Easy Peasy but looks great. You nook is perfect. I showed it to The Agronomist, you know...just to get those testosterone competitive juices flowing : ) " See honey, look what Robyn's hubby built for her...he must reeeally love her, don't you think?" I'll let you know if it worked or not ; )
Dana

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow these look amazing Robyn! Fantastic idea - thanks so much for sharing! I think I need to dig those boxes of books out that are still packed away from our move {you have inspired me!!} Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Stephanie Lynn

koralee said...

Just found your lovely blog...I have some time this morning to visit some bloggers that I have not been seen before and so happy I found you!!!
I decorate with books all the time...I look for old ones that I take the jackets off...they usually have such pretty covers...i find a lot of robin egg blue ones and pink ones...stack them all over my home.
Hugs for a great weekend...I adore your little computer nook..how cleaver. xoxoxo

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

LOVE your decor books! I'm always on the look out for books to READ and also books for decor. I will have to do this to some of the cheap ones I see all the time! Love it!

Kim said...

This is a great, easy idea. You found some great papers for this project, too.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I always love THRIFTY ideas and this one is at the TOP! Come by and share it my my NIFTY THRIFTY PARTY!

Blessings,
Linda

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tinajo said...

Sweet idea! :-)

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Hi Robin ~ Thanks for stopping by and your super nice comments. I love this idea too! I only have about 750 scrap page papers ~ that can cover alot of books.

Kristin said...

Such a great idea! Those shelves look gorgeous!!! :)