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Book Shelf Decorating Idea & Tip
If you have book shelves in your home, and lots of books, you've probably
discovered that bookends don't always keep everything in order. Sometimes
your collection of books on the shelf are just too much for the bookend to
Here's a great tip that also doubles as a wonderful decorating idea: Use
curtain rod finials as your bookends! A finial is a carved or shaped decorative
detail used as ornaments to spruce up all sorts of items in a room. Curtain
rod finials are used to make curtain rods more decorative, and also to keep
curtains from sliding off the ends of the rods. Regular architectural finials
are often used as enhancements to a room's decoration and style. Sometimes
you'll see them for instance, at the top of a staircase post or on the tops
Curtain rod finials usually come with a screw set inside. All you have to
do is drill a starter hole in your bookshelf, then screw the finial into
place. You can also use standard wood glue on the bottom of the finial, to
be sure it stays in place at all times... by doing so of course though, you
won't be able to change the finials to a different style later.
If your curtain finial doesn't match the shelf, or you bought it unfinished,
simply paint, stain or varnish it to fit your room and shelf decor.
Take this decorating tip even further by buying finials of different sizes,
shapes and colors. Then change them with the seasons, each time you want
a fresher, different look to the room, or each time you re-decorate completely.
Alternatively of course, you can simply buy a plain architectural finial
without the screw already in place - then just glue that into place on your
Start shopping around for decorative and unusual finials today, and get your
bookshelves all spruced up for spring!
© 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard,
The Do It Yourself
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