I like to put lamps on a stack of books to (especially if they are a little short or small) to help add some height and dimension.
Since this is for the re-do on the Dining Room I was looking for something black/white or tan or cream.
Excuse the mess on my desk but this adventure in recovering a book came over me all of a sudden and I just started the process. Luckily, I thought to take pictures.
Alright then, I’ll just go find me a book out of my bookcase and make one the color I want it. Warning from here on this is a tutorial on how to cover the book.
Nope, blue does not fit but hey, I can change the color of this with paper.
Pulled some papers I liked.
Measure the spine and cut the black paper to 5-1/2″ by 10-1/2 “.
I ran a strip of tape down the spine to hold the paper in place.
Fold it over the side and run my fingers down the crease on the side. This will make an indention in the paper and allow for it to flex properly. Then I ran tape down each side and secured it down.
Once both sides are tapped down you need to address the ends of the book.
I’m flying by the seat of my pants here, but I snipped a section on the side where the crease happens. Do this on both sides and both ends.
I glued down the larger tab with tape.
I used hot glue to glue down the little tab. I don’t know if you could just have one tab and glue it, but this worked really well.
At this point you have the tab left on the spine.
I bent that tab over and creased it where it meets the book and then I cut it off and hot glued it so it would stay in place.
Here is the spine all dressed up in the black paper.
Next the paper for the front was cut at 7″ x 12″. I aligned the paper on the cover passed the spine crease, leaving an overlap at the top, bottom and side.
Run the tape around the cover and place the paper on and open the cover.
At each corner cut the paper diagonally into the corner of the book cover.
Run the tape down the side and fold the paper over.
Cut the corner off flush with the end.
This is a little tricky on the end remaining fold down the diagonal cut down and the fold over.
Hope this makes sense, it creates a double fold but it is necessary to cover the corners. I used a combination of hot glue and then ran tape down the rest to secure it down.
See how nice that looks. Now at this point if you want to finish the inside you can cut a piece of the size of the inside cover and then secure it down. I didn’t do that because this book is just going to be to look at and not opened and read.
Side two. I love the way this turned out. Come by tomorrow and I’ll show where it is sitting.