Trash to Treasure – Outdated Encyclopedias

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According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary an Encyclopedia is: 

 A work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject.

Ever wondered what to do with that outdated encyclopedia set?  With the ever growing wealth of knowledge available online the paper encyclopedia has become obsolete.  We recently received a set at ReStore and I set out to discover new uses for this outdated treasure!

Here’s what I came up with…

The first project I took on was to create a decoupage table top using nautical or beach themes torn right from the encyclopedias.  I thought this was a fun and whimsy project that would make a great conversation piece.  It would look lovely in a seating area and could be customized based on your preferences.  

The second project I took on was an encyclopedia table.  Using encyclopedias as the base and a round piece of glass as the top.  The possibilities for this creation are endless.  Switching the orientation of the encyclopedias offers a brand new look.  I have pictured it here with a straight base and a spiraled base.  This project is super easy and would look great in any room.

I hope I have inspired you to look at that old encyclopedia set a little differently and would also love to hear any other ideas on the subject.  I bet we could come up with countless uses for this old abandoned item.

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