Beautiful Book Page WALLS!

I was so OVER my stripe wallpaper...

I had been wanting to put book pages on my walls FOREVER...

After much thought...

I came up with the perfect idea!

To refresh your memory...
The study walls had Waverly stripe wallpaper. A few years ago (probably longer than a few), I was at Lowe's and found clearance wallpaper...3 rolls to be exact that I bought for a whopping $3. At the time, I was going to use them to wrap gifts! Yes, wallpaper makes really good wrapping paper because it's thick!

Then, one day after finding the unused wallpaper in my storage area, I realized that I liked it because it had all the colors in my home at that time. And I also realized that I had just enough to paper the study! Who else can say they wallpapered a room with a name brand wallpaper for only $3?

I was tired of the stripe and have always swooned over book pages on walls when I would see pictures online and in magazines.
The reason that I had kept putting it off is because, the thought of removing the book pages off the walls when I was tired of that look was daunting...until I came up with the solution!
Since I know the proper way to hang wallpaper (I took a class way back in 1977), and had 'sized' the walls before I applied the Waverly stripe, I knew that taking it down would be relatively easy. So why not paper the book pages right over the wallpaper. Therefore, when I was tired of this new look, I could just pull on the wallpaper under the pages and it all would come off easily...in theory! Some day I will see if this theory is correct. But for now I am enjoying the new look.
I ran this idea by my sister, Susan and she suggested that I take a leftover piece of wallpaper and using wallpaper paste, paste a sample page on it to see if I could see the stripe through the book page. Well, I could and I didn't like that.

Enter this 1911 book with thicker pages! It didn't show the stripe under the page! Yeah, so I proceeded on.
After researching online pictures of walls done in book pages, I found one pattern that was appealing to my orderly, organized self.
Basically, I started from the bottom first using a full page, then the next page, beside the full one, would be a half page. I was able to stair-step my way across the wall with all full pages after the first course was done. I was careful to use a damp cloth to wipe any glue that oozed out so it wouldn't leave shinny glue areas on the wall.
I liked the neat and organized look of this layout...
And love the fact that its slightly yellowed page edges make it vintage looking.
I even covered the light switch plate with a book page.

Oh how happy I am with this new look...and I did the whole room with one thick book and only had a few half pages left when done.  Am I lucky or what?...and guess what, this was under $3...more like 50¢! I already had the leftover paste and the book cost that at a garage sale! Yes, I know, I'm cheap!
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  1. this turned out really wonderfully. I love the look, but like you, putting up the bookpages without an easy plan to remove them caused me to not do it. gorgeous room! thanks for sharing your method too.

  2. I love it....looks amazing and so much easier then trying to handle a whole strip of wallpaper to apply to the wall. Great job and thanks for sharing.

  3. It looks great! It goes well with all the furniture and art on the walls. Now if I can just get past my fears and give it a try.

  4. I have to say that I was a bit skeptical when I read your title, but it looks amazing!! Sharing on FB and pinning! Great job!

  5. This looks wonderful!!! Now, if I were smart, I could use old music and do the wall behind my piano :^)
    Nah....I think I will just admire yours :^)

  6. You did a fantastic Job! I have never seen this before but I am impressed. What a wonderful idea and thank you for sharing!!!!

  7. Love it! What a perfect solution for covering a wallpaper that we're tired of. And what a better space than a study, lots of reading!

  8. Terry you are not cheap you are amazing and this is wonderful work! I don't know if I would do as many walls as u did but I would def do one whole wall and in quotes in book page form great share!

  9. This is amazing and looks fabulous! Love it! Visiting from Show and tell Friday. Have a wonderful day!

  10. This looks gorgeous, Terry! Wow! Who in the world would have thought to do this but you! And...it looks like wallpaper. Must have taken a little bit to finish this! :) Looks great.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  11. Oh my goodness Terri, it it amazing! I've seen book page walls before, but didn't care much for the random look. I just love the pattern you used. It makes all the difference. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

  12. Love what you did here. I've been wanting to do this for the longest time. Thanks for giving me the shot in the arm I needed to get started on my own walls!!

  13. Oh my! Your walls look fabulous! You did a great job, and I hope when you tire of it, your theory works!


  14. That is awesome and it looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  15. This is such a wonderful look Terry! Thank you for sharing I will feature it today at Home Sweet Home!

  16. Terry, have you read the book yet? LOL. It turned out really nice. I like it so much better than the wallpaper. It gives the room a rich look! Your Sis, Susan

  17. I love this wall treatment and the placement of the pages. I want to try this but don't want to glue them directly onto the wall in case I tire of it down the line.
    The book pages make a wonderful background for your study. Great job.

  18. LOVE THIS! Some day I would love to have an office/library that I could do something like this... so CUTE! <3

  19. Love it! I saw the same on another site 3 years ago. It still looks very good. This is so cool!


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