You guys know I LOVEEE DIY! Annddd I LOVE Restoration Hardware.
While I think they have amazing furniture that will last a lifetime...their accessories can be a bit INSANE.
If you have ever shopped at Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn, they load HEAPS of books on shelves, endtables and anywhere else they can cram them in LOL
While I think they overdo it... I'll admit I love the look.
If you want a small bundle of books filled with blank pages, it can set you about $125. Uhhhh NO...Just No.
LUCKILY.....there are a few VERY inexpensive options.
OPTION #1 Head to Goodwill and ransack their book section. For about $1 a pop, you can snag some awesome, aged paperback books. Rip off the covers and you're good to go! (I have these on shelves all over the house).
You can also UPCYCLE some (not-so) old novels into "antique" book bundles by soaking them in tea and letting them dry and bundle with twine!
Get crafty and you can TRANSFORM them into some magazine worthy accessories.
I started with these super busy, dark fake books.
- PAINT I would recommend a white matte paint like chalkboard paint
- FABRIC You can Mod Podge some muslin fabric on those babies!
- OR....I wanted a very CLEAN but vintage look (if that makes any sense) ...so I opted for a thicker sketch paper in ivory.
As a kid, my mom was always a huge fan of Mod Podge (...or Modge Podge as we all call it :P ) I never appreciated her obsession until I started doing little projects. That stuff is AMAZING.
Thoughts...YAY or NAY?
If you love Hacks & knock offs, check out my Pottery Barn Style vase for only $8!
Pottery Barn Knock Off
Another FAVORITE project...how to turn a shower curtain into a HUGE piece of wall art My FAVORITE project EVER- Shower Curtain Wall Art