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?