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

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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.


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?


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 I was just too excited about the Pinaddicts Challenge to wait until it was all finished. You actually MUST go and visit the craftgalore over at Melksham Mum- such a delight. 

21 responses »

  1. 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!

  2. livingitlittle

    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…

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

  4. 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

  5. i am so doing this. what a fabulous idea!

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

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

  8. That is wonderful, I love it!

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


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