Two of the biggest questions I get about this space are… “where did you find all of those old books?, and “do you read those books?” I’ve been collecting old books for years. When I see them at thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, etc. I grab them, if they are a good deal and appealing to me. I also have a few newer books mixed in here.
A good deal to me for old books is $1 or less per book. Old books can be pricey depending on where they are found and what book it is. But, sometimes I can even find an old book that is worth something for way less at a thrift store or estate sale.
I would love to read a lot of these books when I take the time or make time for it. There are also lots that I would never read and they are just more for looks.
I’m still shocked that I found this oil painting at a thrift store…I have to say it wasn’t thrift store pricing… it was $125 (if I remember right), which is actually a great price for an old oil painting. It’s probably my favorite painting that I own.
I added a screw to the actual shelf to hang the paintings. Having the paintings on the front of the bookshelf adds a dimension that I love! They can be easily removed to access the books behind them, if needed.
When we bought this house, Trav was thinking we would rip out these bookshelves, I was thinking differently, and so were all of my old books.
For now, the desk with the bookshelf beside this space also has old books. I may put paints and art supplies in here at some point.
I recently accidentally broke this pot into several pieces. I added some clay to fix it and painted it in layers to try to match the color and I love how it turned out! The pot was definitely imperfect to begin with which helped me to be able to be a little messy when fixing the top of it.
I found this little secretary desk at an estate sale and couldn’t pass it up. I’ll have to show the inside of it at some point. It has a hidden space inside . Yes, it sits in front of the bookshelf but it can be easily moved since it’s small, if we would ever need something behind it. I want to use it more often.
I added these lights when we first moved. They are bedside lights and an old table lamp flipped upside down. I chatted more about them, here.
I hope you enjoyed the little tour of our book space! Do you love old books too?
Margaret Kerr says
Your home has such warmth, this house was waiting for your family to move in. Love to see what you do each day, love your humour.
Ronnie Tosoni says
You just amaze me. Rare talent. I love old books and love to read. Hope Trav is pleased you had this vision for your old books and loves the space as much as I do. Love what you have done to make it yours.
I love your blog. Books are some of my best friends and I adore your shelves. Love everything you do, especially all the vases and crocks.
I adore this space. I remember when you were talking about your vision it turned out amazing. I love old books as well they have such character. Also that little secretary is just perfect there.