the great book wall project

Mar 15, 2017

For the longest time, I've had quite the obsession with books. 
As a kid I didn't play with Barbie dolls or baby dolls; I read books. 
#nerdalert
As an adult, I find myself incorporating books into all of our decor.
Books are quite nostalgic.
The worn pages. The smell. The dog eared corners.
We used vintage books as centerpieces at our wedding and many of those books have been re-purposed around our home. 
Over the last few months, I've been working hard (and very, very, very slowly) on this book wall project. 
We have a large open wall in our living room and I wanted to fill the space with one huge installation.

We are lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by many historic homes. Over the last year many of these homes are being renovated. The home across the street from us is one of the oldest in McKinney, housing it's 5th generation.
The owners recently repaired a fence on their property and I was lucky enough to get some of the scrap wood from their old fence. 
Reclaimed wood.
Doesn't it have so much character?
I started off by nailing the wood to some wall studs for extra support.
Books are heavy.
Flashback to 5th grade, when books were so heavy, that you just hadddddddd to have a rolling backpack. Anyone else? The great fad of 1999.
After arranging (and re-arranging and re-arranging) the book placement on the floor, I finally became brave enough to nail each book to the wood.
It literally took me about a month.
Analysis paralysis.
I nailed each book (open, nails on both sides, through the pages) and left about 6 pages to spare in the middle (without nails through them) so that I could invisibly hold them down with double stick tape (covering the pages with the nails in them).
Did that make sense?
That was oddly very hard to put into words. 
Basically: buy all the nails and all the double stick tape and make it happen.
Isn't she lovely? 

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