craft room update- book page ceiling and modern task lighting

Working on this wallpapering project makes me smile because it has been a lot of fun, it's not hard, and it's so not like me to be patient with this kind of thing!
I'm more of an instant gratification kinda girl with my projects!
Are you?

 Here's a little pictorial of what I've been working on.
It's taken 2 Sunday afternoons and a couple weeknight evenings.
I'm on my third batch of paperbacks- so far I've used almost 7.
I love the look, but hoping the smell of old paperbacks will go away once I air out the room!!

I have been using a slightly random pattern with the pages- some placed vertically, most horizontally. I don't mind that there are a few spots where the actual ceiling still peeks through.  It's been interesting picking which pages go where. 

Here's what's left to do! I'm about 2/3 of the way done.

I hung my task lighting.  I chose a very modern, clean lined look.  It will be so nice to have these when I'm working at night.  The overhead lighting is too weak.  Speaking of which, I've been looking to replace the builder grade flush mount light, but haven't found the right thing yet.  I thought I did a couple weeks ago- a flush mount crystal piece.  But it was too small and would have been swallowed up by the ceiling.
Still hunting....

I finally got a better shot of the curtains this morning!  Someone asked me last week if the fabric was vintage.  It's not, but I'm glad it looks like it!  I purchased it at Fabric Depot in Portland.  It's called Rhapsody in Bloom by Maywood Studio.  I splurged a little bit on this, but I'm so in love with it, I think it was worth it.

Best of all, I can finally see the floor!!!  Everything is picked up and put away.
(cue the Hallelujah chorus)
I will be working away on the ceiling some more this weekend. 

I'm enjoying seeing all the amazing projects you are linking up!!  Hoping to catch up and see more this weekend as well. 
Have a great Friday!

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  1. I LOVE THIS!!! I want to do a bookpage wall someday... Hopefully sooner than later!

  2. Oh my!! How does your neck feel?? Just kidding. I think that is amazing sticking the pages to the ceiling. I have seen it done on a wall before, but never a ceiling. I like the curtain fabric too. Worth the splurge. Still waiting on my PB delivery...can't wait!

  3. Wow! Nice work! You have been a busy gal! Your craft room is looking very chic! I love your curtains! Oh yes, I am familiar with Fabric Depot! I have been shopping there for years! I'll just bet our paths have crossed more than once between Fabric Depot, Junk Salvation and who knows where else! One of these days we'll bump into each other! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  4. The over the head work has got to be difficult but the results sure are worth it. Looks terrific!

  5. this is a fun idea...can't wait to see the finished product! would love for you to share this on fridays unfolded @

    new follower too...:)


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  7. That looks really great, I'd love to do a wall in my dining room. I'm still thinking it over.

  8. The fifth wall is neglected in our house. What a fun idea for your craft room! Love it, Denise! My neck hurts looking at this :)

    Have a nice weekend! :) Michelle

  9. Hi Denise -

    What a fun idea - it looks great. How does your neck and shoulders feel from applying all the pages to the ceiling? :)
    My best- Diane

  10. It's looking so good, Denise! What are you applying it with? I'm totally an instant gratification girl, too... I get too impatient and work myself to the bone just so I can see the end product.

  11. so cute! what are you using to attach the paper?

  12. What are you using for glue? Does your neck hurt?? So cute.

  13. My neck hurts just looking at your ceiling! What a lot of work you are putting into it - looks great!

  14. Kudos to you. I'm definetely an instant gratification kind of girl. No patience what-so-ever, but working on it. Friends of ours were saying the other day they want to do their toilet door with pages from vintage magazines. Love your curtains too.

    Lisa x

  15. What a beautiful way to cover the ceiling :-) Very creative!

  16. I love book page projects and your ceiling looks very cool, so much texture! Kudos.

  17. Wow, what a fun project. I'm sure it can't be easy working on the ceiling.

  18. Denise that is amazing!! I love it! I have never seen this before and it looks perfect in your craft room. The lights really add to your space as well! Well done my friend and I am so happy that you are enjoying it! :)

  19. Denise,
    What a fun idea...I love it! Hop over for a have been featured at COASTAL CHARM...please feel free to grab my starfish featured button for your blog. Thanks so much for coming to my party.


  20. What a fun way to finish off your craft room! Love the way it looks! Thanks for sharing.

  21. You are a genius!! I have never seen anything like this and I love it.

  22. YOU are amazing...what a great idea...pure delight!

  23. A google search brought me here! I'm in the process of redoing my craft room and I feel like I've just been gifted a ton of great ideas. Thanks for posting!!


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