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DIY: Restoring and Repurposing Your Old Books

I love books — reading them, perusing them, stacking them, and decorating with them. New ones that crack when you open them for the first time are like stepping into a new pair of Jimmy Choos. Finding an old one at a bookstore that has storytelling wear is like hopping into a pair of comfy old house slippers.

Both are equally as good. The latter are perhaps even better because they're usually a fraction of the cost, which is why I can't fathom paying a bundle for a bundle of used texts. I love the look of these Restoration Hardware Antique Coverless Book Bundles ($29), but I knew I could re-create the look for myself for less than $7.

Come check out my copycat look.


I bought these five books for $4 at a bookstore off the $1 table — buy four, get one free. I chose my four favorite and then carefully pulled the covers off and exposed the bindings and naked spines. Then I took some twine ($2 for 20 feet!) and tied them up just like the professionals. Pretty darn easy, cheap, and a creative way to dress up a lovely little vignette, eh?

If you give it a shot, take a picture and post it in our Su Casa group or in the Lovely Little Vignettes group!

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Janice2909224 Janice2909224 3 years
I love this. My local good will has bins of old books sold by the pound, last stop before the landfill. Why not make something pretty from them? 
sallyass36 sallyass36 5 years
I completely agree! Destroying a book intentionally like this is sacrilege in my family. I admit I love the cracking sound a new book's spine makes when it's first opened, but to do this?
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 5 years
i think i would rather just donate or sell unwanted books so that others could enjoy them. i imagine a similar effect could be achieved using journals/notebooks, though.
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