Friday, April 15, 2011

Sentimental Repurposing: Books

I'm a big fan of repurposing, especially if it's sentimental. My grandfather was a great reader, I have many fond memories of browsing the wall of books at his lakehouse. When he passed away, I held onto a few books that either held memories, or were especially beautiful. The rest, I believe, were sold at the estate sale.

Now I wish I had held onto all of them, so that they could've been transformed into something amazing like this Book Rug by Pamela Paulsrud (via Recyclart). How awesome is this?

What do you do with the uncovered books once the spine's been removed? Something simple like Restoration Hardware's uncovered book bundles would be a very easy DIY project. These books sans spines are wrapped with twine, the warmth of the pages adding texture to any shelf. Very nice indeed!

12 comments:

Mike said...

Definitely one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!!!

Patrick McNally said...

I love it! I've heard that the best way to decorate is with books, but I never thought about the floor.

Jerrica said...

What amazing ideas. I adore the way the books look stripped of their covers.

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Brittany H. said...

I'm with ya on the repurposing. It's the best way to turn something that's already interesting and beautiful in to something else even more unique. I love this idea.

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Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

Seriously? Now that is awesome!!! I MUST have one!

style odyssey said...

i'm amazed! two terrific ideas. the fact that the unbound books are able to be saved (and read?) is icing on the cake.

iris said...

This is awesome. Would make a great book wall or artwork or something.

Heather said...

I love the book rug! How awesome is that?!? Those book bundles are pretty fab, too!

jessica said...

love that rug! Have you seen the book, The Repurposed Library? It is a seriously beautiful book! I think you might like it... http://issuu.com/hnabooks/docs/repurposedlibrary

Ruby Girl said...

a book rug! how genious. now that would be a conversation piece <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Style Scientist said...

Wow..a book rug? What a great idea! So interesting, but I'd probably prefer to put it on a wall instead of subjecting it to my dirty shoes..LOL..

Brittany Smith said...

Aaagh! That book rug is amazing. I love the idea of repurposing a loved one's favorite titles. Thanks so much for sharing this. It's wicked!