A Glamorous Library Card Catalog Renovation

Sep 27, 2010 by

Have you ever seen a library card catalog don high heels and sip cocktails?  Me neither — until I saw what the couple at Dream Book Design did!   The DIY couple repurposed a library card catalog into a glamorous, renovated buffet that is divine!  First, let’s take a gander at the “before,” with its hardware stripped.

And here is the stunning after!  Does it remind you too of a librarian dressed in her chicest outfit at a fancy 1940s dinner party?

While I disagree with the title of their post, “turning old junk to beauty,” as library card catalogs are absolute treasures that are slowly becoming extinct, I do wholeheartedly agree with the beauty part!

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  1. Thanks so much for posting on us! We happen to love the project as well:) Haha, and I do agree with you on the post title. I put that because when “most” people looked at it before they didn’t see the beauty in it, but don’t you worry-we did:) Thanks again.
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    Adri
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  2. i was just in the main branch of the new york public library and i think they are beautiful.love this one!

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    I live near Fayetteville, NC/ Ft Bragg and am very interested in finding a card catalog for our home. Thanks!

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    Would really love to know where to find used, forgotten about library card catalog that is in the southeast. Love the repurposed idea!

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  36. Paula Sain

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