10 Creative Uses for Old Books

10 Creative Uses for Old Books

 

BOOKS!!….. To add polish and panache! One of my all-time favorite things to do is go to a  Parade of Homes. It’s not like I can afford any of those multi-million dollar palaces, but I can copy towel-folding ideas all day long!!

I just got back from one of my favorite shows and this year the decorating buzz was all about BOOKS!!  Hard-backed BOOKS!!  Stacked BOOKS!!, covered BOOKS!!  BOOKS!! as a base for lamps or lavish vases, BOOKS!! as a base for other BOOKS!!  BOOKS!! upside down, and BOOKS!! backwards.  BOOKS!! with their jackets, and BOOKS!! with handmade monochrome covers.

There’s just nothing like the feel or look of a well-worn, dog-eared, yellowed-with-age, tattered-leafed book to catch the interest and add warmth to a home. (I’d stay away from the cheesy paperback love novels.)

10 Creative Uses for Old Books

Unique DIY Flooring Ideas that are Inexpensive and Easy

Unique DIY Flooring Ideas that are Inexpensive and Easy

 

Sometimes we just need a different look than the plain old carpet! Here is a DIY flooring project of my own…as well as a few other ideas that I found, and love. Enjoy!

Unique DIY Flooring Ideas that are Inexpensive and Easy

How to DIY a “Designer” Ceiling Fan on the Cheap

DIY a Designer Ceiling Fan

I was watching a DIY reno show the other day and the decorator removed a perfectly good ceiling fan!  It tore at my heart!  I don’t know if ceiling fans are in or out and, frankly, I don’t care.  All I know is that I love sleeping in a bedroom with that ever so light breeze wafting across my face……..so I assume everyone feels that same way.  That’s why EVERY bedroom in our house has a ceiling fan.

Well, after finishing 3 bedrooms downstairs, the budget had been consumed, and I mean, drained, exhausted, DONE.  But, I NEEDED my ceiling fans.  So, I went to WalMart and bought a $15 (no kidding….I think the same fan now sells for about $20) ceiling fan.  Brassy and cheap looking (wonder why? J).  Anyway, I went to a paint store, Kwal’s, I think, and bought some patina aging agent and some copper paint (it comes in a bottle more like a craft paint would.) I went into the store with 20 bucks and came out with change.  I painted the blades of the fan with the copper paint (you have to be a little careful with this, as you need to paint in the same direction once you begin painting to achieve the desired result.  I practiced on a piece of old sheetrock we had laying around…very easy and fun to use).  I used the patina aging agent on the brassy fixtures, and………..voila!  My cheap-o fan turned out great!  After doing the fan, I went a little “copper crazy” and painted his closet doors, too.  LOVE IT!  The old doorknobs were an antique find on a road trip…….keep a look out for cool stuff to do cool stuff!

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Here are the doors.  This would not work in every room, and it may not be someone else’s style, but it really works in this room, I love it!

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5 Simple Tricks for Finding Sconces for Less

5 Simple Tricks for Finding Sconces for Less

                 Don’t you just love sconces?  I do!  But have you priced them lately?  Some are out of sight!  Beautiful sconces can be 80$-hundreds of dollars… a piece!

5 Simple Tricks for Finding Sconces for Less