DIY BOOK WALL DECOR
When we moved to this house, previous owners left us already mounted to the wall TV in the living room. My husband got all excited to have 2 TVs and especially since he didn't have to mount it on the wall.
Originally I had a different plan for the place on top of the fireplace. I rarely watch TV and it didn't feel right to have this massive tv the first thing you see when you enter. But something gonna gives and after a heated conversation, I agreed to keep the TV and forgot about my hopes to decorate the mantel. Until a few weeks ago, when TV accidentally broke down (I promise, it wasn't me haha). So now we had this empty space that I had to make look pretty.
I've been eying this kind of book wall for awhile and thought it was a perfect choice for our updated mantel situation.
I absolutely love how it turned out and so excited to decorate the mantel for each season. I feel it adds some warmth and character to the room and makes a wonderful base for imagination and creativity. I call it my art installation and intend to update it as season changes.
It was quite easy to assemble, although I'll warn you, it wasn't possible to do by yourself since you need someone to help you holding the books. My husband was super nice to help me over the weekend.
It took us probably 30 minutes to put it together.
- used books. I got mine from Goodwill since I was so impatient to make this project. As an alternative, you can find old books on eBay
- staple gun
- double-sided tape. I usually get this one
- wooden planks
1. You'll need to attach wooden planks to the wall. I didn't have to do this step since we used the construction that was left from tv mount.
As an alternative, you can take an MDF board, attach all the books to the board while it's laying flat on the floor and only after that put it up.
2. Align the books. Take ½" screws and attach them to your wood planks in each corner.
3. Staple most of the pages to the book but leave few middle ones. I recommend leaving at least 2-3 pages since you don't want the staples to show through.
4. Using double tape attach loose pages together. I've seen people also using spray glue, but I didn't have it in hand and double-sided tape worked just fine.
That's it. Super easy, one hour project that can completely transform your living room and add some vintage chic to space.
As always, feel free to ask me any questions and share your photos if you end up doing a similar project.
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