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Thursday, March 17, 2011

{bundle of books}

As soon as I saw the bundle of antique books held together by string in the Ballard Designs catalog, I was in love. But to pay over $50 for them? No way.

Yesterday I grabbed a few secondhand books from the shelf, ripped the covers off of them, distressed the edges with Distress Ink, and tied them together with string.

I {love} the way it looks on the nightstand next to the guest bed--the perfect place!

This seriously took less than 5 minutes, and was totally free, since I already had everything. It is the easiest project ever! If I could change one thing, it would be the color of the books. I want them to be a little more naturally yellowed with age, so I think I'll head to Goodwill and Salvation Army this week to see if I can find some. For now though, it works!



Blogger Danielle said...

I love how it looks!

March 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger sailingintofirstgrade said...

I think this is great! Thanks for sharing!

March 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I found some great old books at a GoodWill that I'm using for a project!


March 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Gotta love free and it looking great!

March 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are so cute! How fun!

March 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Barbie said...

I did the exact same thing when I saw those in Ballard! Great minds think alike :)

March 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger The Little Knitter Boutique said...

If you want them a little yellow just put them outside in the sun for a day or two and they will yellow. At least that is what my newspaper does when I forget to bring it in. :) Very cute!

March 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

LOOVVVE Ballard, but hate their prices! LOVE your version, AWESOME job!!

March 17, 2011 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Nerd Mama said...

Precious! They might yellow for you if you place them in direct sunlight for a few days.

March 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Sweet Old Vintage said...

A girl with my kind of thinking... Sweet...

March 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Mommyto3andahusky said...

I just found your blog and became a follower! Love your blog! :) Erin

March 17, 2011 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Evelyn Campbell Curtis said...

lemon juice will help yellow up the pages..

Love the blog by the way. I'm a new follower.

March 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger April said...

I'm with you! I saw that too and was like, "WHO would pay $50 for this when you can go to the thrift store, pay $2 and rip the covers off?" Yours look great!!

March 17, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I love how it turned out. I think I'm going to do this too :)

March 17, 2011 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Rob and Kate Taylor said...

That's way cute, if you don't mind waiting til' summer and get some really warm/hot days lay them out in the sun for some natural yellowing. They look great!!!

March 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger michelle mceachern said...

Love it! Will have to add this one to my 'to do' list of creations.

March 18, 2011 at 12:16 AM  

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