I would strongly suggest that if you are an English Teacher or Librarian you just skip this post. Continue reading at your own discretion.
Please don't hate me...
I just couldn't help myself. It seemed like such a good idea and it, well, is just so darn pretty!
Please don't judge me...
By now many of you have seen this:
Pottery Barn book stacks - so very pretty indeed. But $39.95? A little steep for my budget (someone please tell my hubby to stop laughing....). I am also sure you have seen the many knockoffs on others' blogs. Well, what's a girl to do when she so longs for a vintage book stack and loves to craft? Oh what to do... what to do...
Are you hating me yet?
Disclaimer: I. Am. Not. A. Book. Hater. I love books. I love to read. And, there actually was some hesitation in, er, ripping the covers off of these books. Like many of you, it has been drilled into my head that books should be respected and cherished. And I sure do. Which is why I can't bring myself to buy an e-reader. I love the feel, the smell, the ambiance of a good book. But I digress.
Want to make your own vintage stack of books? Gather up some lonely books or buy some cheapies at your local thrift shop. For my stack I used 4 books that I had around the house that I had read and no-one else wanted. I *gasp* ripped the covers off and used distressing ink around the edges to make them appear old. Next, I printed off a key graphic from the lovely and generous Graphics Fairy and used mod podge to adhere it to the top book. I had some vintage lace and seem binding which I used to tie the books together. I finished it off with some vintage keys and paper roses that I had.
It was so easy and I love the results. It now resides on the bottom of my end table.
Please don't hate me. I just couldn't help myself! And I ask you, who needs Pottery Barn?