Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY: Floating Books

Do you ever get struck by a great idea and decide not to rest until it comes about?  My husband hates this about me.  A couple of months ago, I decided my living room needed a change.  I rearranged the furniture, changed the color scheme, and threw away the little black bookshelf from Walmart that would only stand if it leaned against the wall.

I did all this without spending a dime! How did I do it you ask.  Well, basically I shopped around my house for different picture frames and throw pillows.  Oh, and I might have spray painted a few things. The decor in my house will soon be too large to fit in it from the layers of accumulating spray paint.

I liked the results, but I got a wild idea to create floating bookshelves since ol' blackie bit the dust.  This is the part where I actually spent money.  However, it was around $8 for the cost of screws, L brakets, and a couple of thrifted books.

Here's what I... er uh, my husband did.

He drilled two L brackets into the wall after measuring the spots.  I then put a book on top, but kept the back cover open.

Next, I hot-glued the back cover to the back page to keep it closed.  You can still slide the book on and off the L brackets after the glue has dried.

Last, stack a few books and top, and you have floating books.  

Here it is if you looked at it straight on.  

What did I think of them?  Hmmm.... They were definitely a conversation piece when people came over, but they weirded me out a little too much.  I took them down about three days later, and my home feels normal again.  

I'm not ruling out the idea though.  This might be something I try again in the future in a home office or in the boys room or playroom.

What do y'all think?  Are you crazy enough to try this idea?

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  1. That was a great idea. I have never seen floating books, you should have kept them out. Definetly worth pinning the pic on Pinterset.

  2. I like them too! Not sure it would work in my house, but I think it works for you.

  3. Where in the world did you buy 6 L-Brackets, screws and books for $8?

    Smart thinking on the glue;)