Is this not one of the coolest art installations ever?? I saw this in a coffee shop months ago and just had to take a picture. I stored the idea in my little brain and thought about it now and then and how I could do the same thing on a smaller scale in my house.
But where? And what drawing? I think a giant bird swooping down in my little house could just send someone over the edge. Alfred Hitchcock I am not.
After deciding that the kitchen wall above my island, though smallish, was the ideal spot to implement this project, I set out to figure the best way to execute it.
First I measured the wall and picked which books I didn’t mind losing to the project. I laid them out to see how it could look. I once had the famous phrase by Marie Antoinette “Let Them Eat Cake” laser cut from vinyl and applied to the bulkhead in my kitchen in a former home. I really loved that quote there and thought it would be appropriate to repeat it in my kitchen now. We all know you can never have too much cake…
I played around with the layout, with the amount of books and how and with what I would apply the words.
Husband graciously drilled the holes in all four corners of each book for me (let me just add here that I am totally capable of drilling holes in books myself, but he offered so I accepted. We roll like that sometimes.)
I used these nuts and bolts, sometimes the WRONG way (nut on the SAME side as the bolt). My husband had difficulty with that one. He kind of argued that I shouldn’t really do it that way. Really, husband? Will the Nut and Bolt Police come arrest me?? Team, if you learn nothing else from me today, it’s RELAX. There is no wrong way to do your art. Who cares if someone thinks you are doing it inappropriately! It’s your art so you get to set the rules. Some of the books didn’t even end up with matching nuts and bolts. Some are even a different colour! I’m not kidding.
I added a good gob of hot glue gun glue on the back of the nut/screw/bolt/washer/whatever to secure it to the pages and book cover and to semi protect the wall from the scratching bits.
I thought about painting all the words and drawings on the pages in black craft paint, but I was concerned the wet paint could warp the pages. I ended up colouring in what needed colouring with a good old Sharpie, and did that shading the back of the drawing thing with pencil lead so you can trace the drawing you want on to paper. The retro woman I pilfered from the free clip art images on the internet. I could have drawn her, but why mess with perfection? The cake and the first two words however, are freehand. If you make a mistake or aren’t crazy about how a drawing looks, TURN THE PAGE! You have a multitude of chances to get it right.
Here’s the next step. These 3M products that I got at the Home Depot are currently my best friend (sad, isn’t it?). Follow the directions exactly. Using these, I mounted them on the wall without any fear of damaging the paint job and they can be removed easily without a trace that they ever even existed. Like dinosaurs. Except there IS evidence for dinosaurs. So never mind.
After measuring to find the centre of the wall – a little math but I got through it, I placed the tape strip to guide where I wanted to start and stop and how high. Did you know there’s an App that works like a perfect bubble level? I did, and I used it. It was free. My favourite thing.
Laying the books in front of the wall I chose in the order they were to go helped me visualize the job ahead.
Up they went.
And there you go. Let them eat cake. Figuratively and literally!
110 thoughts on “Did Somebody say CAKE??”
I love this project!
I’m so glad, not that I wouldn’t keep it if you didn’t, lol! I think it was one of the funnest (is that even a word?) projects I’ve done. Oh and I see you’re following – thank you!!
those books on the wall are really cool
Thank you simplyhazel1!!
btw do you want to follow for follow?
That is really awesome!! I like the idea, the sentence and the drawing! A lot better than the original one! But how did you attach the books??? Are they not too heavy?? Wow. Compliments
About halfway through the post is a pic of the 3m product I used. Each one hold up to 4 lbs! I use them all the time
This looks really great! How did you decide which books would go on the wall? That would be the hardest part for me!
I just played around until I liked how it all sat and flowed. I think I started out with 10 books and it was laid out so differently than what I ended up with. It’s really all just trial and error. Lots of error! Thanks for your comment!
FTPT, I’m totally digging this on so many levels. First, you always make me laugh, and I appreciate that, thank you. Second, this is outstanding and I’m trying to figure out if I can do this? And wondering if those 3m products really work that great? This is amazing.
I love literature, I love art, I love everything about this. And of course, I love your blog! ❤
Thank you thank you thank you for all the nice words strung together just for me! I’d love it if you did this one, it really is you😉. Ps I use those 3ms a lot. For artwork too.
Your projects are all so memorable and thought provoking. Please don’t stop. If you run out of room at your house, you may come to ours.
Oh please please comment all the time. That has to be one of the best I’ve received! Are you sure you didn’t mean to have a period between the words “don’t” and “stop”? Well anyway be careful what you wish for. Having me at your home could be quite comical. I can be demanding! 😉
This project made me think of taking several books and “carving” out a hollow “storage” area (like in the movies where they store a gun, etc.). Glue the pages together (so they don’t move about) and hang the book to the wall. When one opens the front cover it reveals a diorama (like a room of a dollhouse or a Z-scale model railroad scene, etc.) or a 3D piece of art (like a shadow box). Each book might have a theme related to the book used. See what your projects do to me!
OH MY GOSH that sounds phenomenal!! Do it, so I can write to you and tell you how amazing YOU are!! Okay I already think that, but serious!
Love! As usual. 2 questions: did you bolt the books open in each corner? I got a little lost on that step. And is the 3M things- are those their “picture hanger” things that are like (but not) Velcro? I love those, too! They’re just so expensive. I do think I may have to do this project in my house somewhere too!
Hi! Yes, the books were drilled and bolted open in all four corners with a blob of glue on the back to hold it in place. And yes I used the Velcro-ish thingies to mount it to the wall. I cut some of them in two vertically for the lighter books since that size holds 8 lbs. and yes, the cost can add up but if you consider the bolts were under $3 and everything else cost nothing PLUS no wall damage, I think it was worth the expense. Thanks so much for commenting- I hope this helps explain it!
I was going to do a wall of books as I saw in an anthropology store. So I was buying and collecting tons of hardback books. I’m pretty sure that project is not going to happen due to changing my mind. Meanwhile I have a ton of books whose sole purpose is the destination of my artistic whim. This might be one of them.
Woo hoo! Do it!
Another great project! Simple, easy, but with big impact!
Thanks! I really love this one – after it took so long to figure out where to do it it came together pretty quickly, and now I can check another one off the list!
What an amazing idea!
I wish I could claim it, but I’m happy with just figuring out a way to do it! Thanks for commenting!
I love it! I’m gonna say I like it better than the one in the coffee shop.
Well it’s certainly not as dark feeling, lol. Just goes to show you can change things to suit your style. Thanks for commenting!
something to be proud of. well done!
Kind of you to say! Thank you!
That is such a cute idea!!! I can see this working beautifully in my library- if I had any wall space left lol
Wall space is SO hard to come by! I usually have to take something down first lol
I love that idea! My office is in an empty library (sad huh?). I am always looking for book ideas to pay homage to the book history of the space. Great work!
Oh I just know you’d do something spectacular with this idea!
What you did is pretty spectacular.
No, YOU are! I just popped over to your blog. 5! Kids. I barely made it through 3. Shoulda tried your wine suggestion 😀
You only have 2 hand so after 2 kids you wing it:) I’m re-blogging did somebody say CAKE?? I love this idea!! Hope you don’t mind?
Mind? Are you kidding? I’m totally honoured!
What a great idea! It looks wonderful on your wall, too. Was the hook adhesive all you needed to keep the books up?
Hi! its actually not the hook adhesives, they are still a 3M Command product, but these are strips that are sort of like the pokey side of velcro. They snap together and hold really well. Certain sizes are for certain weights. I use them on all sorts of things. They aren’t super cheap, but they work really well and there’s no damage to the wall. Thanks for the question and for following!
Thanks! I would’ve never thought to use those. Brilliant idea.
Very coo! Jo @ Let’s Face the Music
Love it. I might have to try this one. Or have you come over 🙂
Have never seen this idea before LOVE IT. Books are one of my favorite things. Thank you.
So my pleasure! Books are my favourite things too – even just a pile of stacked books can make me giddy. But I think they look great that way too 🙂
This looks amazing! I might have to try something similar 🙂
I dare you!! then show me 🙂
Love it! So fun and cute and creative of you:)
You da bomb!
I love it – I have a friend in Halifax, that is going to flip over this – I will have to convince her to try it first…lol How long did it take??
The install part took less than an hour. It’s figuring out what and where and how many and the finicky drilling….I guess I’m not really giving a tangible answer am I. I did it over a few days here and there. How’s that? 😉
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I love this, hope you do too.
I’m so impressed! The inspiration photo was so cool!! I’m so impressed you recreated it in your own way. Great job! It’s so unique.
Nice of you to say so! It was pretty easy my way. Theirs would have been quite labour intensive I think
Excellent! Such a unique project!
Love it this. Great job
Woo hoo! Thank you!
SUPER CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very very cool lady. Nice job.
I can always count on you to give me a good exclamation point run. I think we are twins that way. I love them too!!!!!!!
I love this!!! Great job!!
Yay! Glad you love it. I’m thinking I need to buy stocks in 3m and Rust-oleum. I talk about them enough!
Oh my gosh that is so cool!!! Once I finish my craft room this is totally going on one of the walls in there! I love that saying too. You’re right, you can never have too much cake.
Make sure I know about it! A craft room is a perfect place to do this!
This is a great idea! It turned out so great!
Thank you so much for the thumbs up AND the follow!
I love how you did this. this looks amazing. So creative and wonderful
Fabulous comment, thank you!
Thats great! Do you mind me asking what paint you used for the wall? I love that gray!
I don’t mind at all! It’s called Peppertree by Dulux/ICI/Glidden (all under the same umbrella) or a perfect colour match is Piedmont grey by Benjamin Moore. I’m not sure how it’s translating on your computer but it’s got green and blue in the grey but it never feels cold. It’s my fave. Thanks for the comment!
Cool cool! Thank you, I just moved into a new condo and i’ve picked up just about every gray color swatch available, its so hard to choose! 🙂
Yeah it can be daunting! I’ve used Peppertree in many space including show homes and it’s always served me well. Good luck with it all!
I see you have been busy! I love your project so much 😉 I disappeared for a couple of months and finally I’m back, hopefully I’ll be able to check what you have been up to, so far I’m loving this!
I noticed! Glad you’re back, now get out there and post, post, post!
This is marvelous! I may be “borrowing” this eventually.
Oh I hope you do!
I absolutely love it!
I absolutely thank you!!
Wow that is so cool! I might have to try it and do like a coffee cup theme 🙂
There will always be coffee involved 😉
Oh my goodness! this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time, definitely borrowing this for our new house
That’s great! Make sure you tell me when – I’d love to see 😊
I’m sure i’ll end up blogging about it and of course linking back to this post in the process
Very creative. I love art that you won’t see anywhere else (except for your followers who are now going to copy you :-)).
Ha ha you crack me up! I am always reading your comments out loud 🙂 thanks for saying you like it
This is SO stinking cute! I love it!
Haha I’m imagining you mean stinking in a good way, at least that’s how I’m taking it!
Absolutely! Stinking cute as in too cute 🙂
This is wonderfully fabulous! I think that you and I have the same problem, however, no empty wall space! Ha!
Haha, I know, right? I’m going to have to build an extension on the house to just have more walls….
This is amazing!!! I am in awe. Seriously. It’s really, really cool and looks perfect where you placed it.
What a great comment to start my day! Thanks for that 😃
Wow, just discovered your blog. Can’t wait till I have more time and call see more of your creative ideas. This was amazing.
You have made my head expand a bit! Thanks for such kind words and for taking the time to comment. Happy New Year!!
That is seriously awesome. Don’t you love when you’re inspired by something, and the thing you made turns out just as wonderful?
Thank you for saying so, I still love it, and it’s still in tact which says something about the 3M promises, lol. Thanks for popping by!
The installation was a brilliant idea, and you did an amazing job recreating it at home! Can’t wait to check out more DIY projects from you.
You know, I a really happy with it still. How can you go wrong with books? Thanks for the comment and checking out the blog 😉
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Well this is just fab!
Well aren’t you fab for saying so AND reblogging it! Thank you so much!
Love it! Book art is pretty awesome!
I agree! Thanks for popping in !
Very creative, a lot better that a simple stencil, is a sort of actualized Tableau Piège.
I know piege to mean a trap…a book trap? Is that what you mean? Lol sorry I’m not sure if I got that right?
Hehe, yes is precisely what i meant 🙂 , the Tableau pliege were artworks by Daniel Spoerri, he also used to glue stuff to the wall.
Oh my I have to see that! I’ll google. Thanks!!
I found him! VERY interesting – though I don’t think I’d want cigarette butts and dirty dishes on my wall, it’s still pretty cool! Thanks for introducing him to me!
Hi, I’ve posted a link to this post in my ‘Five of The Best’ feature at http://www.bigredbarn.co.uk as you did such a wonderful job! Think I’ll have to find a wall and give it a go! Nikki x
Fantastic! That you like my post AND you may try it…I hope you do, it was super easy. Thanks so much for the link!
OH MY GOSH, I love what you did! What a fun and unique piece!
Hey thank you for saying so! I still love it myself 👍