Podge: a clever use for old books
Feeling adventurous? Use old books to
create an unusual focal wall.
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 from Biggie Best
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 the wall regularly to view it from a distance and to make sure you are working more or less straight.
You will need
• old books • Mod Podge (available at craft shops and hardware stores) • painter’s tray or plastic container for the Mod Podge • 38mm paintbrush • sponge roller and painter’s tray • stepladder