Podge: a clever use for old books

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Feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous? Use old books to

cre­ate an un­usual fo­cal wall.

Here’s how...

1 Re­move enough pages from the books to cover your wall. Don’t lay them out per­fectly – a bit of a hap­haz­ard look will add char­ac­ter; us­ing pages in dif­fer­ent sizes is also a good idea.

2 Start at the top left cor­ner. Brush the Mod Podge onto the back of the first page and stick it in place. Wipe the page with a dry cloth to get rid of any bub­bles and wrin­kles. Place the next page to the right of the first, over­lap­ping slightly. Do the same for suc­ces­sive rows (or glue them ran­domly) un­til the en­tire wall is cov­ered.

3 Al­low ev­ery­thing to dry thor­oughly – prefer­ably overnight. Now use the Mod Podge again, this time as var­nish, and ap­ply two or three coats on the wall with the sponge roller. This will seal and pro­tect the wall against dirt and scratches.

Glass bot­tles with printed let­ters, white lamp stand and pleated grey lamp­shade, lime-green scat­ter cov­ered in Funky Lime Flo­ral, grey scat­ter, grey quilt, striped scat­ters cov­ered in An­tique mat­tress fab­ric (also avail­able in blue, grey and red), all...

Tips The trick is to have enough Mod Podge to ‘paint’ the pages, but not too much – just enough to get them to stick well. • Don’t use a wet Mod Podge brush di­rectly on the wet pages; this will cre­ate a lot of wrin­kles. • Take a few steps back from...

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