Book Façade Secret Storage
We can always use extra storage. And storage that's a secret hideaway is even better. So what you see here isn't actually a row of books. It’s a trompe l’oeil illusion, art that tricks the eye into thinking it’s looking at a three-dimensional object. What you’re really seeing is a book façade hiding secret storage compartments. It’s a handy place to hide checkbooks, high school pictures of yourself you want no one to see, and the TV remote control.
It's like those Scooby-Doo shows where there's a bookcase that swivels to reveal a secret chamber. Well, kind of.
Start by choosing some books with interesting spines. I like to use hardbound books.
The key to making the façade look real is to line up the spines of actual books on a photocopier so that the photocopy captures the shadows between the books. Line up the spines of your books on a color photocopier. Choose enough books so that they measure about a foot. I recommend using a laser copier at the copy store instead of your inkjet printer at home. The resulting image will be more realistic, capturing both shadows and reflections. Oh, and you’ll probably have to use the 11 by 17 paper.
Apply spray adhesive to the back of the photocopy, and adhere it to a piece of foam core board. Then cut around the image of the books with a hobby knife.
Hot glue some storage boxes to the back of the book façade. I made the boxes here with my Sizzix die cutting machine, but you can always use old boxes like a shoebox. Just make sure the width of the box is smaller than the width of the book façade.
From the front, it looks just like a row of books.
And when you put it on a bookshelf, you can't tell the real books from the fake books.
But only you know where that remote control is hidden.
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