Covering Your Books with Paper

Covering Your Books with Paper

The following post is from Lisa of The Pennington Point:

Book Covers
source: Lisa Pennington

If you’re like me, you have a bunch of odd books.  Paper backs, bright colors, torn bindings…but I don’t have the heart to get rid of them.  After all, I may want to read that again someday!

However, I didn’t like the messiness that they created on the bookshelf.  Try as I might, they were too many odd colors and sizes to make them look nice.  So I decided to do something about it; I covered them with paper.  It’s just the cheap, brown roll you find in the paint section of the hardware store.

1. Make a stack of the books that look bad on the shelf.

Book Covers
source: Lisa Pennington

2. Cut simple covers. 

No crazy patterns or folds, just the height of the book and a little longer than the length when it’s opened.  Then fold it over the ends.  We need simple here.  I’m too busy for a long drawn out project because I will no doubt be doing this on the day someone is coming over for dinner.

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3. Write the names on the edges.

OK, this part takes a little time.  But if your friend that’s coming for dinner has nice handwriting you can ask them to join in the fun.

Book Covers
source: Lisa Pennington

4. Stack them back on the shelf.

Just enjoy the fruit of your labor.  Then check the stove.  If you’re like me you’ll be burning something about now.

Book Covers
source: Lisa Pennington
5. Use the covered books all around the house.

I have a few stacks of covered books scattered here and there.  I like to use them as lifters when I need to make something taller.  Or here, where we do our schoolwork, they look cute surrounded by sand timers.

source: Lisa Pennington

Now just relax and enjoy dinner with your friends.  All of your books match and look great on the shelf.  Life is good.

Do you have some books that you’d like to cover?

Lisa winds through her little Texas farm house every night, tucking in her nine homeschooled children and turning off lights. Then she scans the rooms & makes a mental list of what she wants to rearrange, restore or paint. Her husband of 25 years hangs on for the ride while she blogs about it over at The Pennington Point.
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