Bookshelves project

Exactly as imagined.

When I have a problem, usually design or decorating-related, I will stand & stare. Although I’m motionless I’m spinning & tossing things all over in my head making quite a mess in there. The latest problem I had was two bookshelves full of books, so full I’d stacked books in front of books. It was either that, or some would go into boxes.


Being the visual person I am I thought it was a pity that I couldn’t see all the books at once. It was even more of a pity that when books are on shelves normally you only see the spine & you miss all the fantastic cover art. I really wanted to essentially wallpaper my walls with the books, but all my staring didn’t come up with how to do that simply, inexpensively & without destroying the books.


My front room needed a change & I decided I wanted to take advantage of the vaulted ceilings & put all my books out there so my own room would be free for my projects & overnight guests. In this case it was Laurie showing up this weekend that forced my hand inspired me to finish this project.


I already had 8 of those old deck rails up for some of my photographs so I added a few more to hold all the books. The photographs will be hung the same way with other deck rails on a different wall in the same room. I used rubberbands around¬†approximately¬†half the book’s pages & back cover with a thumb tack into the wall. So the books are resting on the rails & the rubberbands & thumbtacks keep them from falling forward off the wall.


Click on the pictures for the bigger version.

Like I said flipping through my books makes me want to read them all again & in that other post I told you how I found all these little bits of history. It was really hard to resist doing those things & force myself to put them all up on the wall. I did try to put the books I was less likely to read higher up. I have to confess that even though I do have quite a few books up on the wall now I still have two bookshelves full of books. *sigh

Book, Book Art, Projects, Winter

9 responses to “Bookshelves project”

  1. […] was the first person to see my book shelf wall & she thought it was acceptable for a rookie. Generally speaking books are her natural habitat […]

  2. Heidi says:

    GENIUS!! So cool!! :-)

  3. Memory says:

    Yeah, that just looks cool. Nice job!

  4. Kathie mom says:

    How fun! It looks so nice and brings a lot of conversation I’m sure.

    • Hykel says:

      It would probably start more conversations if I had more people over to the house.
      Mental Note: Invite more people over.

  5. Nat says:

    Love it! What a fun way to display your books! It’s like a book gallery wall! I love how you tacked them in place to keep them from falling. :)

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