I hope you'll swing over to the Goodwill blog to read my latest post, "New Uses for Old Books." I'm sharing some obvious and not-so-obvious ways to use old book pages in your decor.
I recently took my own advice when I needed some quick art for our very blank canvas of a playroom. Since this room stays in upheaval most of the time, I wasn't looking to invest a lot of money in artwork. Instead, I scoured my kids' bookshelves and found this beautifully illustrated train book. (I also had this canvas train painting that I bought off Ebay a few years ago and never used. . . )
After convincing my six-year-old that the entire family could enjoy his book if we cut it apart and hung it on the wall, I went to work. I also discovered a new favorite IKEA frame. Although I usually recommend the Ribba, I tried the Stromby and really like the thin frame and the price for the size--just $10. (Is this new? It's not listed on their site.)
The frame doesn't come with a mat. And, since I told you this was a quick "cheap" project, I just flipped the paper that came with the frame over to the white side and put my art right on top. (It's a playroom, not an art gallery, after all.)
I'll be showing you more of this room soon. For now, you can read more of my ideas for using book pages here.