Friday, February 18, 2011

Shelf Makeover with Old Book Pages

I've been admiring all the desk and office redos in blogland, so I started redoing my own "office" area with it's huge old steel desk and its big desktop. I already moved my printer to one corner and made two burlap ruffled ribbon boards for that corner, but I still had alot of room on my desk.

I found this nifty cubby shelf at a thrift store for $5 (yes!!) and although it was grubby and beat up, it's the perfect size for my desktop. I LOVE book page decoupage projects and knew just what I wanted to do with this little shelf.

I had a length of beautiful vintage wrapping paper, a bit wrinkled but still gorgeous. I just didn't have enough to do the whole shelf. So I decoupaged the back of each cubby with this pretty paper.
Then I finished the rest of the shelf with with Mod Podge and torn book pages from an old thesaurus. These pages have beautifully aged edges but were so brittle that they tore easily, so they were perfect for this project and I didn't feel bad tearing up the book!

I like it! I like it alot!

Ooh ahhh! I love the way the two types of paper look on this little cubby shelf!

Is there such thing as book page cubby shelf love? There is! This came out so well, I'm going to do one more book page project for my desk makeover. I love the way the old book pages look and I think they'd look great on a bunch of organizer boxes for my office area. That post is next! Oh, and how much is in "Ann's retirement fund"? I'll have you know that cup is half full of dimes, lol.

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  1. I adore the book pages! Well done. You should come link this beauty up at my Linky Party.

    Take care.

  2. This is adorable.

    Now to find a little cubby like that! I have some color pages from old encyclopedias of birds that would look wonderful like this. Plus, I know just the person I'd give it to.

  3. You did a wonderful job with this and you got a great bargain for $5! Hope you are feeling well, girl. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs- Tete

  4. Ann, I love your shelf! AND I love all of your blue pictures!!!!


  5. Really awesome and I bet more awesome in person.

  6. Very nice and well done!

  7. I like it a lot, too! The two kinds of paper work so well together. Your patience was well rewarded.Looking forward to see the rest.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. I'm guessing that since you wrote this a couple of weeks ago, you may not see this comment. However, in case you do - how well do you think newspaper would work? I think it would be pretty neat if I could take an old shelving unit and add the comics from the Sunday paper with Mod Podge. Then hang it in my children's room.

  9. Denise, I think the comic pages would look great! Before doing a big project I'd try it out on a smaller board. You might have to paint the bookcase a color that will showcase the comics in the bast way, since a bit of the undercolor shows through. Good idea and good luck!

  10. I love this idea and can't wait to try it. I have been having a wonderful time reading your blog. Thanks for sharing


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