Guest Post from Colleen at LemonDrop Dreams

I saw a post on LemonDrop Dreams where Colleen, the author, had covered her books to create a more cohesive look on her bookshelves.  I asked her to share what she did with my readers.

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Hello Hyphen Interiors readers!!  I’m so honored Kristy asked me to guest post today.  I found her after her amazing painted chair (which I have yet to get the courage up to try) hit the blogosphere!  I’ve been a loyal reader ever since…I’m Colleen from lemonDrop dreams and would love to share how I gave my books a makeover…

My bookcase was looking a little stale and really needed a facelift…

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I don’t really own any books worth displaying BUT I do own enough books that could be displayed with new covers.

Off to Paper Source I went and brought home my loot to get started…I didn’t pick just ONE color, I picked different colors that would coordinate with all the colors in my home and with each other…

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Here’s how I accomplished the mission at hand…

Take off the old jackets and measure the  book cover from top to bottom…I then  took my rotary cutter and sliced down the paper to the proper width.  I didn’t worry about the length, it’ll be folded under…

I was able to get 2  8”-9” pieces out of one piece of paper that measured  25” x 19” .  If you have any small books you may have enough left over for those…

So now for styling,  I first put the books only back into the bookcase and moved them around until I was satisfied with pattern and color flow…

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Next, I slowly added in the items that had been in there and  pulled in a few new items that had never found a permanent spot in my home…Some items didn’t make the cut and will find a spot somewhere in another room. 

There’s no science, you just move things around until you get the look your aiming for…

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Then I added our family pictures…

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Lastly, I placed all the little pieces to fill in the gaps…

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Remember,  there’s no right or wrong way to do this.  The easiest way is to work in layers and don’t be committed to the first spot you place an item, it may work better in a different spot…

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So there you have it…Thanks so much Kristy for letting me share my project and the way I accomplished it.   Stop by and see me over at lemonDrop dreams!!

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Colleen! 

kristysig

5 Comments :

  1. This is a great new look for her bookshelf! I love that Colleen explains that there is no rhyme or reason to styling her shelf – sometimes I think there may be a “right” way to balance everything – but now I’m thinking just to play around and be happy with the look. I’d like to try this project but the other thought I had is that I guess these books should be ones you’ve either already read or just like to keep around for memories, because it would be tough to know which is which without seeing the spine with the title. I’m going to check out Colleen’s blog to see more of her work.

  2. That is the most adorable built-in – I love it!

  3. i just love colleen’s style! it’s so happy! she has a great eye for color and pattern, too!

  4. You can never go wrong with family pictures. This is very artistic and cute!!!

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