Decorating With Old Books!

September 28th, 2007

I have never been one to hesitate. Never one to look before I leap. And so after an inspiring visit to Gallery Classic in Topeka where I found many ways to use old books to decorate, I was ready. Ready to change my life from it’s former bland before to it’s electrifying after. And all I needed was a stack of old books. And I was ready to go!

So I bought a few and headed home to try out this new method of decorating using old books. Here are a few before and after shots.

Here, I have hutch with tea set.

And here, I have hutch, tea set, and old books. Much better!

Over here, I have mantle with bird statuette.

And now…mantle, bird statuette, old books. A vast improvement.

I moved back over to the hutch to experiment a bit more…

Hutch, old books, tape measure.

Hutch, old books, Nasonex travel mug.

Hutch, old books, Sonic cup.

But my very very favorite was this one.

Hutch, old books, and corel dish with leftover hamburger helper.

Back to the mantle – I tried pairing the old books with the finials. But it wasn’t quite working for me.

So I found this half eaten hot dog in the fridge. But I was reluctant to set the hot dog on my brand new old books.



  • cndymkr / jean:

    I like the new color of your blog. But the hot dog has to go. Now don’t get offended, it’s a good use of resources, recycling and artist talent but it might start to smell soon. And I would hate to think of your new home smelling like a dirty water dog.jean

  • Vonda:

    What a goof. You make me laugh. I especially love the ramen noodle video. Made my day.

  • Cynthia:

    Love the old book idea! But the hot dog? Maybe a bratwurst would add more color!!

  • The Farm House Kids:

    O.M.G. You are certified nuts! Your caption on your header fits so well…”from the mental ward …. “I actually read this twice and laughed both times!It’s great! By the way, love the decorating with old books, but the hot dog has to go!Tanya

  • chocolatechic:

    Great solution!!!I do have a suggestion. Instead of a bowl of leftover hamburger helper, use a bowl of Ramen.I too, like the new look of your blog.

  • Sarah H.:

    I’ve always wondered what those damn finials are for. Skewers, evidently.

  • Renovation Therapy:

    Really now. Everyone knows finials were meant for marshmellos and cold pizza. Hot Dog? Really now. Get a grip.

  • Christine:

    ROTFLOL! OMG, we could be sisters. I made my hubby read some of your blog last night. After a while he turned, looked at me, and said “She’s you!” LOL

  • Robbyn:

    LOL, you’re SO warped! laughing!! :) we “decorate” with old books, too…not enough bookcase, too many books, so drifts of them pile up. Can’t say I’ve had your chic and pulled off the hotdog/old book duo yet…but one can aspire! heh heh

  • Jenni:

    Oh, that is perfect! And I’m so glad to see that the freaky birdhouse plate is nowhere in sight! And I’m SO, SO VERY glad to see the farmhouse picture up at the top. It took me a long time to realize html didn’t stand for hotmail, too.

  • Tracy:

    You are whacked…but in a good way! I mean that in a good clean Christian way!

  • Rhea:

    OMG. I just randomly decided to read some of your archives, and this post is HILARIOUS.