Originally published April 16, 2014
The wall in my dining room was boring when you compared it to the rest of my home. I had to do something with it. I’ve always like the look of old, vintage prints. I remember my grandma had a tea pitcher with vintage ads printed on it. I loved looking at it while drinking a tall glass of sweet tea (Oklahoma, yall!).
A few years ago, I rescued this old book from a 100-year-old farmhouse that was being torn down. (I got this cabinet in the same house!)
Here’s my hubby tearing down the house:
So, anyhoo, I had a need and this great old book full of illustrations that reminded me of those old ads from the 20s and 30s.
The book was water damaged and yellow and…perfect!! Its pages were destined for a new life in my dining room to make custom wallpaper. All-in-all, I spent two dollars to wallpaper a whole wall.I rescued this old book from a 100-year-old farmhouse that was being torn down & made this!… Click To Tweet
Take a look at my photos to see how the project went! Hint: You can click on the photo to make it larger.
P.S. Don’t cry, book lovers! The book was beyond repair and I saved the cover and the leftover pages.
Here’s my dining room before the makeover. The walls were plain Jane.
I started by putting a tea bag in some hot water. I’ll use this to tint my wallpaper paste.
To make the wallpaper paste, I simply mixed in a bottle of white school glue.
All that was left was to dip each page into the paste, let it drip for a second, and then place it strategically on the wall.
Here’s my daughter helping out!
I made sure all of the pages overlapped so that the wall didn’t show through. I also distressed some of the pages by crinkling them and tearing them a little.
Here’s what the wall looked like when I was done.
Notice that I gave the book a place of honor on the shelf?