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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Decorating Idea of the Week

OK, Cindy and I both had heard of this idea but now that we've seen it, WE LOVE IT! Especially if you have walls that are quite damaged and you need to disguise that fact, this would be a great wall treatment.

We have a large closet in The Plum Tree and we decided to wallpaper it with the pages out of old books. Now, mind you, make sure these books are not valuable first and I know it seems hurtful to tear the sheets out but you can do this. Books with the pages slightly yellowed from age are perfect for that vintage look we love. Look at thrift stores or even for books that are already just falling apart.

We just bought wallpaper paste, tore the sheets out and had them ready, painted on the paste on a spot on the wall, positioned the page and painted another coat of wallpaper paste over top of it. Continue adding pages and position them randomly. Cindy did keep most of the pages level but added a few pieces at an angle. Add photos, pages with illustrations or even other paper items.

Now, I'm not sure it this can be removed though. If the walls were properly sized, then you could probably remove this treatment later. Or maybe you could do this treatment on a large sheet of wood or foam core cut to the size of the back wall of your shelves.
The possibilities are endless!

Cindy did a great job on this wall and the finish is not glossy at all. Also, if we put nail holes in it hanging items we can just slap another page over top of the nail holes and it's good as new!

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