MORE old book pages papered furniture

Hey!  I forewarned you that this stuff was addictive!  Plus I’m kind of in ‘last minute craft show panic mode’ and WHATEVER is fastest and easiest is how things are getting done these days!

Sweet little vintage night stand / end table.  LOVE to curves along the top of the drawer, and at the bottom.  Pretty cool drawer pull too.  (although it did get replaced with one I liked better!)

ONE $.99 can of flat black spray paint, a little sanding along the edges, a few old book pages (same book as I used on the desk; not as old/yellowed as the gate leg table) 

And a new white ceramic drawer ‘pull’!

This one is a LOT more modern styling than I usually go for, but it was CHEAP, so I figured, why not!?!

Trying to paint around all those little slats with a brush takes WAY too much time.  So “.99 a can flat black spray paint” from Home Deopt to the rescue again!

And more of those old book pages; applied with good ole fashioned liquid laundry starch.  (Vano or Sta Flo; one of them has a ‘blueish tint’, but still dries clear)

Rain headed our way this evening!  I’ve got about seven half-finished projects sitting outside that I’ve got to get finished up real quick!

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  1. Awesome! I’m going to try to find a night stand to do this look on. And I love that you did it with 99 cent spray!

  2. Great idea! By this concept, we can get two advantages from one action. Remove our old book safely and get excellent furniture cheaply.

  3. What an interesting way to refurbish old furniture. I LOVE this idea. Old sheet music would look great too, in place of the book pages!

  4. I love your blog and look forward to getting my almost daily fix! I’m particularly interested in your technique for papering using liquid starch. Where oh where do you find liquid starch? I’m in the suburbs West of Portland and haven’t had any luck yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    • I get mine at WINCO. Have never really even looked elsewhere.


  5. I happened to see this entry tonight. I know it’s from several years ago, but just had a question. I see that you say you used liquid starch to put the book pages on…just wondering if you then cover that with a spray varnish or a brush on type or if you use anything at all. Thanks! :)

    • Yes, you can and, and I do add a clear topcoat once the starch is completely dry. I just forgot to mention it in this particular post. Adding a coat of varnish (I recommend a MATTE over satin or gloss) will make it more durable. BUT, not adding the varnish makes your book pages easily removable by simply wetting the surface with water. So, it totally depends upon how permanent you want your finish to be. But, even varnished surfaces can be sanded to remove the paper. The removable method is often used as a wall paper. (but I’ve never tried it!)


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