Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DIY Dictionary Page Wall

Welcome back! If you've been to our house or follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen our dictionary page wall.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

It was this picture that got shared by a few other accounts and some questions asked that made me realize that I finally need to do a tutorial on this. It was so easy and quick and really the project came out of laziness and not wanting to remove the wall paper that was underneath. And then it turned into my favorite wall. So, I bring you 'how to temporarily (or not so temporarily) cover ugly wall paper'.

A couple things first. I think a wall like this only works in small doses. I love it because it already had paneling half way up and the space that would actually be filled with pages was pretty small for a large impact.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

It's held up well after 8 years but I wouldn't have put it in a space that would be prone to traffic or kids or moisture. It would be great for a small nook, a wall at the end of a hallway, above old paneling in a dining room...

 Ok so now for this super easy tutorial.

Things you'll need:
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a large dictionary (mine was thrifted and had thin pages)

a paint brush (I use this kind for every painting project)

polyurethane

scissors for cutting around the edges of the built in. I didn't even cut the pages out of the book. There are ripped edges all over the wall.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

Ok, the first thing I did was go through the dictionary and found words that meant something to us (like marshmallow in the picture below. For obvious reasons) and pages with pretty pictures. I didn't spend much time on it. Just quickly browsed. Also, I decided to keep the pages in alphabetical order. So after I found a few 'A' pages, I went on so that I could make it through the whole alphabet.


Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I grabbed more pages than I needed so that once I started the process of hanging them, I wouldn't have to go back and get more pages.

Do you spy the unicorn? Every wall needs a unicorn.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I started in the top left hand corner of the wall and chose a left side page (so that the straight edges would fit into the corner).  I painted polyurethane straight onto the wall then pressed the page into the poly.  I made sure to wipe from the center to the edges to try and get all the air bubbles out from under the page. I immediately painted back over the page, gluing it down. This is why I like the thin pages of a dictionary instead of regular book pages. They are easier to get to lay flat and less likely to get bubbly underneath. I didn't know this beforehand. Happy accident.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I should also say that we have added thicker crown molding in here since I did this project so that's why there is overlap.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

I went all the way down the far left side first and then layered pages on top. I wanted it to be organic looking. I didn't want pages to be level with one another and I didn't want every page to overlap the last so I layered some pages over more than half of the page before it.

Ok, 'page' is officially not looking like a word anymore. Know what I mean? Hate it when that happens..

When I got to the bottom of the wall, close to the trim, I just cut a straight line, then laid the page down from the bottom so that it butted up to the trim as closely as possible.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

With the trim around the built in I just used right hand pages so that the straight edges were against the wall. I cut some of the pages up the center so that the organic layering stayed organic.

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

When I was done covering the whole wall, I applied a touch up layer of polyurethane. The light would catch areas that were more matte than the areas covered well with poly. The whole project took me a couple hours tops.

It truly is the only thing in our house that hasn't changed since I did it. The stuff on the wall has changed but I love this wall. It's clean and bright and neutral. Like I said, it has ripped pages and some bumps and wrinkles. It's imperfectly perfect. I love it!

Dictionary Page Wall Tutorial | House Homemade

What about you? Do you have a temporary DIY in your house that has ended up being a favorite? Do you want to know about the feather art? Let me know in the comments below.


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10 comments:

  1. This is the cutest idea I have ever seen.
    I tried to do a book page wall in my girls' playroom years ago and it never looked this nice.

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    1. Aw thanks Kari! I really think those thin pages made a big difference. There are still wrinkles and stuff but I do love it.

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  2. this is amazing! i love the snake plants, the green in the built ins, and that sweet sleeping kitty (the best accessory!)
    b

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    1. Thank you! I really love this wall of our house. The built in was what initially sold me. And the kitty is sweet too. : )

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  3. The coolest! Now I want to find a place to do something similar. And I am curious about the feather art.

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    1. Thanks! Let me know if you ever do it! I'd love to see. And I will definitely talk about the frames sometime. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. This s so amazing! I absolutely love it! How cute if you did a vintage cookbook in a pantry : ) or something love this idea! Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Deb! That would look so cute! Tons of possibilities! Thanks for checking it out. Have a great day

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  5. Saw this over at Dwelling Gawker and had to come see more! Beautiful wall!

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much!! It's still a favorite!

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