Today I’m going to share a very easy DIY project – one that I think is maybe my favourite DIY project ever. I feel like everyone should do this to their home, partly because it is so easy, but mostly because it was actually really fun! I wallpapered a couple of walls in our toilet with pages from a vintage French dictionary. And I love how it turned out.
I’d seen people use book pages for DIY wallpaper before and when I saw it in person at my friend Carla from Etica Studio’s house, where she used vintage newspapers to wallpaper a feature wall in her ensuite, I fell in love with the idea even more. It’s fun and quirky – and costs next to nothing so it appealed to my budget decorating tightarse side (in full swing since our honeymoon).
You don’t have to use pages from a dictionary obviously. I've seen pictures on Pinterest of it done with use maps, music sheets, newspapers, magazine pages (ooh, now I'm thinking vintage equestrian magazines would be cool) comic book pages, children’s storybooks, album covers, family photos.
But I have always been a sucker for lovely old books and when I saw a tattered vintage French dictionary at a secondhand market, straightaway I thought it could make lovely wallpaper. The pages were just so beautiful and the little illustrations so quaint. The man selling apologetically told me it wasn’t in the greatest condition (the binding was loose and the cover hanging off) and said I could have it for three dollars. Sold! Bargain wallpaper.
Now I know there are people who cry blasphemy about ripping up old books, and I do understand where you’re coming from. But here’s how I saw it.