Book Shelf Decorating Idea and Tip
by Kathy Burns-Millyard
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 hold.
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 of
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
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
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
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 book shelf.
Start shopping around for decorative and unusual finials today, and
get your bookshelves all spruced up for spring!
Copyright 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard, The Do It Yourself Home Decorating
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