I fell in love with old book leaves (as wallpaper) at Notes From A Cottage Industry. Then they appeared on furniture a la Miss Mustard Seed. I was itching to give this look a try; fortuitously a neglected sewing cabinet and a sheaf of vintage hymnals came my way. The yellowed music would disguise the ugly drawer bottoms quickly and easily. I know it's not exactly brain surgery--but as I finished up the little cabinet I noticed that each drawer looked just a little better than the previous one I lined. Trial and error is a pretty good teacher, but I thought I'd write a little tutorial to save you some of the "error".
You'll need a blank canvas.
I chose a variety of tones--from pale ivory pages to peanut brittle-color paper (and oh, was it ever brittle!).
Of course you'll need some glue (Modge Podge is great, so is plain old white glue, and then there's that old standby, liquid starch). Start by papering the corners first.
I overlaid the corners with the leaves, then I scored the paper with a straight pin and peeled off the extra.
Here it is in place.
I just loved the movie Bright Star and have been a Keats fan ever since). I've also used some seasonal or romantic song titles.
The very last pieces should be whole pages. Um, whole page fail here. Oh, how I wish I could go back and make sure the entire page of A Song of Autumn was front and center!
I still have the inside lid to foofify--I'm looking for a sewing-related page to feature there.
Sometime soon I'll have a before-and-after on this sewing cabinet. It was pathetically ugly, grimy and unloved to start with. Meanwhile, I'm mulling over the pros and cons of hitting the edges with the sander and shabbying it up--what do you think?