Thursday, January 6, 2011

Projects

On a recent trip to Restoration Hardware I fell in love with these covered books...


I have a great set of vintage Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedias...


hmmm...
Restoration attached the fabric by gluing it to the inside cover.  I really wanted to slipcover these books but couldn't imagine using glue on them.  The internet provided all kinds of tutorials on journal slip covers. The covers can be removed and the book remains intact.  After combining some of the methods, this is how they turned out...

Here's a close up.  I chose three different colors of linen...


No books were harmed at anytime during this project :0) ...


Here's another recent purchase that received a makeover.  Everything was great about these cute canisters except the color...


after some sanding...


and painting...


perfect...


Off to the next project!
Laurie

15 comments:

Kindred Spirit Soap Co. said...

MMMM, I like
Love the new blog header too!!!
Hugs my friend
Julie

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

I love the three different tones on the book covers. Perfect.

Becky C said...

Oh wow! I love the books. You did a great job! And the canisters are so cute now. Love what paint can do :)
Blessings
Becky C

Chelsea said...

Love the books! And the canisters turned out great, so glad we went back for them!

Kelly & Monte Tareski said...

Great idea on the slip covers, love the fact you used different color linen. Great canister as well.

Dear Lillie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the book covers! Am going to try to remember to send my sister the link here in a minute because these would look fabulous in one of her bookshelves!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Those canisters look COMPLETELY different with the white paint. I'm always astounded by the difference paint makes to things. They're lovely!

Sarahx

The Flying Bee said...

LOVE the book covers...good job!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I too just was at a R/H and fell in Love with these book covers.I have seen some with transfers on them as well but the simple look of these made me want to do a lil project myself.Your's look great and I like the canisters as well.Nice blog I am now a follower.Stop over I am Hosting a Giveaway~Cheers Kim

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I see I am already a follower of the Worhty Goods and won that Fabulous Stocking! Thanks again~Kim

pilgrimscottage said...

I love it, both the book covers and the painted canister lids. I would have hated to glue the covers to the books, too.

Little Cottage said...

Hi Lauri,
Good job! I saw those books too at Restoration (on 23rd). Amazing how much their look are similar to "The Best in the West Vendors"... (Hm, I think they have spies at different shows around here)
You've done a good job with the canisters too!
Also, love the new look on your blog -)
Say HI to Debbie.
Hugs,
Sylvi

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

You are so darn CRAFTY, my friend. I speak from experience that you are good at book covering :)

It all turned out so well!
oxoxoxo
Lara

Val said...

Wow, I love those.

Anonymous said...

Jess and I just visited Monticello yesterday and saw your books and cannisters. Great job...especially the book covers. Loved them!
Laurie