Old Bound Newspapers Become End Table

Welcome to the 17th Metamorphosis Monday!

Many, many years ago, The Macon Telegraph and News decided to dispose of all the old copies of their past publications/newspapers. Apparently, news organizations used to keep copies of their old papers by binding them into large “books.” Each bound volume, shown below, had about three months worth of newspapers.

I had six of these large books stored for years under my guest bed…couldn’t quite figure out what I to do with them. They are truly little time capsules…I love pulling them out and reading the days events in 1921, in my old home town of Macon, Georgia.

One day I got an idea…

I needed an end table in my upstairs family room. So I stacked them up…

And had a piece of glass cut a bit bigger than the books themselves.

These facinating time capsules are no longer stored under the bed and I have a unique and functional end table for my upstairs family room.

Check out this past post to see some of the fascinating ads and articles from the 1921 book: A Trip in My Time MachineΒ  It’s amazing how women were just being allowed to vote and weren’t allowed to work in jobs as policewomen. Β Also, the price of shoes, suits etc… will have you shaking your head. πŸ™‚

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  1. You’re truly the most ingenious one, Susan! What a grand idea and these books look great!
    I hope you’ve had a beautiful Mother’s Day!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  2. Melissa Miller says

    Susan that is one the most clever ideas I have ever seen. It looks gorgeous!

    Hope your Mother’s Day was blessed and beautiful.
    ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Susan,
    Wow, those books are huge and
    how great to use them for an end table… I bet they are fun to look through and read. Amazing how
    the colors blend so well in your room…did you decorate around the books or visa versa……
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  4. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    That end table is fabulous, Susan! I am so inspired!


  5. Robin~All Things Heart and Home says

    Beautiful idea. I have a passion for old books and these, well these are the mother load! So glad you kept them and can enjoy them on some level every day!
    All Things Heart and Home

  6. Marsha's Mpressions says

    Susan, that is an awesome idea! I’ll have to file that one away. Thanks for hosting this party week after week. I enjoy it so much!

    Have a great week.

  7. Ally0005 says

    That is one of the coolest idea I have ever seen.
    And those books are even cooler.

  8. Susan, I love it! What a treasure you have created – and useful at the same time! Wonderful idea! Linda

  9. Oh, I wish you had the last quarter of ’56 as my birth announcement would be in your end table!!! What a great end table to have.

  10. prof en retraite says

    Hi Susan! I love this idea! And if you ever need to do any research, you hve all that you need!! lol Happy Mothers Day!…hugs…Debbie

  11. How cool and oh so clever! I’d like to know HOW those books came to be yours? Lucky you, what a treasure they are!

  12. That is a very creative and original idea! I love it!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  13. I LOVE it! Actually, I love everything you do. Your house, your blogs, just everything. You delight me. **blows kisses** Deborah

  14. Painter's Place says

    I didn’t realize how huge these books are until I saw the whole picture. This is such a wonderful idea. Love it!!!

  15. The Bliss Journey says

    Wow, they sure are big books. They make a great end table, luv it.

  16. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Very clever. I love this idea. Looks great and you get to have a piece of history right at hand.

  17. unburbing says

    Cute, practical, creative….. Makes me want to run out and find some big giant books!!

  18. imjacobsmom says

    Don’t you wonder how they could have rid themselves of such rich history? But their loss is your gain and it sure looks cute in your family room. ~ Robyn

  19. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says

    Susan – how absolutely clever is that!! I have seen the “faux book” side tables, but your real deal is so much prettier. Its always great to bring something out of storage for everyone to see and share. These old books are just gorgous. Thanks for sharing with us..and as alwasy, thanks for hosting this event.

    Let’s hope Mr Linky is a good boy this week. LOL

    Hugs, Barb

  20. Misti of Studio M Designs says

    Hey Susan- I love big decor, those books would fit in great over at my place! They look super fabulous as a table, and still intact…love them.


  21. Susan, I remember seeing this “end table” before when you posted your family room. It is genius! Of course I expect nothing less from you!!!:):) Hope you had the BEST Mother’s Day! Hugs, Pinky

  22. Susan — what a neat way to use those books. It makes for a great end table. You were so clever!

  23. Susan, that is one great idea! I didn’t know how big the books are until you turned it into a nightstand! Cool result!

    Running late on joining, but I’ll be joining!

  24. Mrs. Petrie says

    Very clever! I’m all about decorating with books. I would venture to guess that those books stacked are incredibly stable and heavy. Hmm…now what can I do with all our old yearbooks?

  25. Hi Susan,

    This is such a conversation piece! Looks great!
    Thank you for sharing

  26. Fifi Flowers says

    Good use of old books!
    ENJOY your day!

  27. Allidink says

    How cool! That is such a good idea! It looks totally awesome too.

    All the best,

  28. Tamara Jansen says

    I wonder if I could find some gorgeous books like that? Love the idea!

  29. Linda/"Mom" says

    * Seeing this kind of CREATIVITY is SOOOOO FUN, Sweetest Susan!!! It looks just FABULOUS, & I ADORE the sentimentality associated w/ it too!!! "SHEER DELIGHT"!!!

    Hoping your Mothers Day was as lovely as you, & as happy as you so certainly deserve it to have been!!!

    Biggest, warmest hugs, and TU as always!!!
    Linda *

  30. What a cool idea Susan! I love old books, this is a great way to display some and have them be functional. This is why I love reading your blog — things I never would have thought of!

  31. sarah @ A Beach Cottage says

    Hi Susan

    I love that idea, now I have to find some old books, because I am sooooo copying it!!

    thanks for the wonderful inspiration and thanks for hosting today’s event.


  32. What a wonderful use of those books. It looks great!

  33. mbkatc230 says

    What a great idea! Those books truly are treasures, and what a great way to use them. Kathy

  34. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    That is a brilliant idea, Susan! I love it!

  35. cedwards55 says

    I love this idea. The scale of those books is perfect for a table. Great idea Susan!

  36. I’ve seen end tables that are made to look like stacked books, but you now have the real thing. Looks good.

  37. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says

    Hello Susan! What a wonderful post. I love this. My father has collected books from all over the world all his life and we have quite a collection…this is just a great idea…I intend to borrow. Hope your day is wonderful!

  38. Counting Your Blessings says

    What a great find! And I love how you used them too. I’m crazy about old books so I loved this idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings… Polly

  39. The Raggedy Girl says

    What a great idea and it looks so neat and fits into the room so perfectly. Good job!

    The Raggedy Girl

  40. What a great idea! You have an end table, and the books become an attractive part of the decor — and they are still accessible if you want to read them.

  41. Barb~Bella Vista says

    Hi Susan, clever and so pretty!!


  42. Love the book idea, and those books are huge!!

    barbara jean

  43. Hello Dearheart…

    Ohhh my…I do love these big old volumes of your hometown newspaper! What a fabulous treasure to have and the this idea to use them as an end table is just genius, my friend!!! I love how they look…those big old books with their old faded book bindings…I just love this idea!!! Another fabulous Met Monday post, my friend!!!

    Just wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my bed and bath redo…you’re so sweet with all of your kind compliments!!! You know, I have made even more changes to these rooms since I took those photos. I need to go in and take more photos and do an update for Met Monday!!! Hehe!!! Things are always evolving in our homes, aren’t they?

    Thank you so much for hosting Met Monday…I appreciate all of your hard work and the time that goes into hosting this fun filled event for us, Sweetie!!! Big hugs!!!

    Love ya,

  44. Mary @Boogieboard Cottage says

    I really like your book table, very smart! :O)

  45. Susan, those are such treasures. And, I love your idea.

  46. I love the look it should be in a magazine.

  47. Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss says

    Hi Susan,

    I’ve been lurking around your awesome blog for a while but now that I’ve recently joined all the other RMS’ers by starting a blog of my own, I thought I’d say hello. I’m still trying to get a good grasp on being a real blogger instead of just a blog reader so I hope I can get my act together enough to join in Metamorphosis Mondays within the next few weeks!

    I’m also planning a BIG giveaway soon so I hope you’ll be on the lookout for my giveaway announcement post.

    (aka “susiehomemaker” on RMS)

  48. Susan- I would be the one caught disassembling your end table!! I love things like this (especially the old ads) and would love to read your “end table”! My camera dried out!!

  49. Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda says

    Hi Susan, I love your “books turned table!” That is wonderful that you have such invaluable pieces of your town’s history! And you have preserved and used them such a unique way! Love it! πŸ™‚

    I posted a Met post today. Didn’t have a before picture, would have to go to my husband’s shop and take a pic of an old pile of wood. Thought I could tell what my project began it’s life as! LOL!

    Thanks for hosting this event! I’m off of check out the other posts! ~hugs, Rhonda πŸ™‚

  50. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Susan~ ~Another great idea! I love stopping by to see what you are up to next. Gotta go and see the rest~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  51. Michelle says

    I love that idea!!

  52. ButterYum says

    Wow, those books are so much larger than I thought after seeing the first photo. What a great idea!!!

  53. Michelle says

    I was in such a rush this morning I forgot to leave my note!

    WOW..the old news books are HUGE! And what treasures they are. I do genealogy and finding original news articales on my family is like finding gold.

  54. That is nothing less than genius!
    Love those big books and the look is so…unusually wonderful.

  55. A great idea! Better out as a end table then under a bed or any place else collecting dust! The coloring on the books fit your room so well too.

  56. Nicole ~ says

    Susan, first of all I would like to say thank you for hosting such a fun event. It is always so neat to see all of the transformations people come up with. And speaking of a transformation, you had such a creative idea of repurposing a piece of history. Those books look perfect as a side table.
    Have a wonderful week, Nicole

  57. Michelle (hometc) says

    Hi Susan,
    I found your blog through Melissa Miller (she is so sweet) and I have to say this is the most beautiful blog design I have seen yet. Those books you have, wow! Collectors would probably pay a small fortune for them. Love the table, you’ve got me wondering what I could do with…guess I better look around!

  58. Susan, Fpr some unknown reason, I can go to some blogs and post a comment? I haven’t hardly been able to even get to my blog.
    Anyway I love your old book table and would love to read the old newspaper articles.

    Wishing you a great week, see you next week.

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  60. maidenshade says

    What a fabulous idea – LOVE the newspaper book table. Happy Tuesday! xJ

  61. they are such beautiful volumes! what a wonderful idea — it looks fabulous! πŸ™‚

  62. I live way out in the country so coming to your blog is stepping into my favorite shop ANYTIME! Thanks for saving me on gas expenses! LOL

    Happy Tuesday Bloom to you from my garden in the Midwest.

  63. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Great idea.

  64. That is wonderful!!! What a super way to showcase this treasure. Thanks for sharing.

  65. What a great idea! I love it!

  66. What an awesome idea. And I am a true book lover too!

  67. What an innovative thing to do! I bet it is a great conversation starter.

  68. Cottage Rose says

    Hey Susan; I love what you came up with. My goodness those are huge books, they make a pretty end table. You are so creative…


  69. What a fabulous idea! OMGOSH! This is just GREAT! Now this is something I would definitely LOVE in my own home! Thank you sooooo much for sharing!

    Love your home! Beautiful! Simply beautiful!


  70. Jo - To a Pretty Life says

    What a great idea! I love old books…your big old books are great! Especially when they can be useful. It’s kind of like how I use books as pedestals for my little knickknack things, but on a large scale.

  71. I LOVE IT!!! What a great idea. Those books are huge and just perfect for a table.

  72. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    Susan…your post took on a special meaning for me. I saw the year 1954 and smiled. That was the year I graduated from high school and married Pat the very next day. June 18, 1954. It is the year my life began.
    I had not one single thing I had morphed for Monday. Not a thing. Well..I did but..the problem is..I ALWAYS forget to take “before” pictures. My porch would have been a good one. Taking pictures is a …it’s a way of thinking. It has to become a habit. I simply have not formed that habit completely. I get a sinking feeling when I miss a “before” picture.
    Nuff’… πŸ™‚ I’m taking up all your space!
    ~smiles and love to you, Susan~

  73. what a neat idea….looks great

  74. A Hint of Home says

    What a great idea and very functional to boot! They look great arranged that way. Love your family room, too.

  75. Life on Bonnie Lane says

    Oops, I accidentally put the link to my Tablescape Thursday post here! Could you remove it from this post please? Sorry!

    I really love what you did with these books. I like to see the way things are put to use in a way that is entirely different from its original purpose!


  76. Room design studio says

    I LOVE THE BOOKS IDEA !!! I cant believe how much i loveeeee this!

  77. This newspaper end table is a treasure to keep and pass down through your family. I love to read old newspapers. 1921 was the year my Dad was born in Bainbridge, GA. It would be so much fun to read the news of the day in 1921 and especially in GA.

  78. I just found one of these for South Carolina’s The State newspaper and wrote a post about it today. One of my readers told me to come over and find this post for more information. I will provide a link back to this post if you do not mind for readers to be on the lookout for these treasures.

  79. I love your endtable! What a clever idea! I do genealogy research. Those books are a geneologists dreams! Imagine the family information contained in them which may not be available any place else!

  80. I would love thos old newspaper books just to READ! Espcially if they are from Macon GA. I just went there doing family history research and I didnt have much time. However did you get them?

    • My sister was working as an accountant for a recycling company and the Macon Telegraph brought them in to recycle them around 20 years. You may want to contact them to see if they have any more that they will be recycling.

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