Craftiness, DIY, Our recycled home, Thrifty

It’s a shelf, yeah, made out of a book.

6 March, 2012

Anyone following me on Pinterest would think I have a mild obsession with shelving. I have been trying to get inspired about out bedroom walls which have been bare since we painted them a year ago. I have pinned shelves out of boxes, baskets and books. We don’t need shelves for a reason, we’ve nothing special to go on them, it’s just walls kind of look a bit rudey nudey without them, don’t you think? We also have loads of dark old furniture in our room so the last thing we need is walls packed with wood shelving and jammed with books. For this reason a novelty shelf appeals to my aesthetics. So last night, with the help of my trusted familiar, Husband Tim, we put up a book shelf- a shelfy thing, but with a book rather than a plank.

Recycled home- bedroom makeover


On another level, we have created our whole home out of stuff we have found by rumbling in the jumble or dredging the streets so this alternative shelving shebang really floats our boats. Who needs Ikea shelves and brackets when you can find a rubbish (really, what IS there to fill a whole 300 pages about rugby?), but nice looking book, and saw off a hunk of wood from a discarded old dressing table?DIY book shelf

It is the perfect size for a lovely tin or photo frame, it I was going to do a number of them scattered around the walls but instead have a few other things that would make equally novel shelves. We will hopefully get busy tonight to finish that up.

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  • Reply livingitlittle 6 March, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    That’s a fab idea. Talking of Pinterest, there was a great mini book shelf thing on there recently. It was in the shape of a house with a triangular roof, 3D with a sort of hollow inside, but the best part was that the roof holds your book open. I’ll find the link…

  • Reply livingitlittle 6 March, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Here it is

    Cute or what?

    • Reply lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 11:14 am

      OHHHH!!!!! That is a FAB bedside idea!!! I love.

  • Reply melwiggins 6 March, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Looks great Lu! Love your ‘DOING IT!’ tude! x

  • Reply erin 6 March, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    When I saw you pin this I was hoping to see you try it out …unlike me who is always full of just good intentions…good on you looks fab!

    • Reply lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Thanks! Tis why I LOVE the Pinaddicts Challenge- too easy to gawp on Pinterest and not DO. x

  • Reply MelkshamMum 6 March, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    What a fab idea for recycling old books. It looks great!
    Thanks for linking up again x x

    • Reply lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  • Reply thelovebump 6 March, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Man, I’m a book LOVER!!! This is such a clever idea, and you can find such great books to use in Charity shops too – awesome xx

    • Reply lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Yep, it’s true eh. I am going to so be on the lookout for interesting spines now. x

  • Reply Thrift Shopper for Peace 6 March, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    i am so doing this. what a fabulous idea!

    • Reply lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Can’t wait to see your take on it. x

  • Reply Sew Scrumptious 6 March, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Love the ‘book’ shelf. Brilliant. Might have to give that a go. x

    • Reply lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 11:21 am

      It has NOTHING on your Pinaddicts challenge! You crafty wonder woman.

  • Reply Jennifer 6 March, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    That is wonderful, I love it!

    • Reply lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Thanks, love your work too!

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  • Reply Liz Burton 26 March, 2012 at 10:01 am

    What a fabby-dabby idea! It looks brilliant. x

    • Reply lulastic 27 March, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Ah thanks, I’m sure husband thinks the sacrifice of his book was worth it too!

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