If there is one thing I love as much as DIY, it's reading. A few years ago, I was in a restaurant that had wallpaper made from magazine covers, and I was inspired to do something similar, but with book pages. When choosing the book to use for this project, I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite places in the world - Paris. When I came across a vintage French dictionary, I thought this would be the perfect way to incorporate my love of reading, Paris and DIY!
Now, where to put this wallpaper? I didn't want a huge wall because it's such a statement piece, but I wanted it to be prominently featured where it would be seen by anyone who comes over. So, I decided on the guest bathroom, where I had a blank wall that wasn't too big.
Isn't she a beauty? I love vintage books and have several on my shelves. I have to tell you, it absolutely broke my heart to destroy this book, but knowing the pages would be displayed and I'd get to see them every day made it a bit easier to get over the guilt.
I loved the idea of using a dictionary because I could choose pages that were visually interesting & meaningful. I chose pages with images I loved, as well as the letter pages for everyone in my family.
Measure your wall and calculate how many pages you will need.
Carefully cut out the pages with a blade or Exacto Knife.
Start at the bottom of the wall, using the baseboard as a guide.
Brush a layer of Modge Podge on the wall roughly the same size as the book page and apply the page to the wall.
Use a credit card to smooth it out any bumps or air bubbles.
Use a level to make sure you are maintaining straight lines as you go.
Brush a second layer of Modge Podge on the entire wall once all the pages have been applied to seal it.
We already had this picture that went with the French Vintage theme, so it was perfect for the room.
Even before I had this project idea, I wanted the floor tiles to resemble a Parisian cafe, so that was just a happy decorating coincidence!
I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out. Let me know what you think!