I saw this idea somewhere on the blogosphere, but I can't remember where. (If it belongs to you, please let me know so that I can give you credit!) I instantly thought of the built-in china cabinet that we have in our dining room. This is one of my favorite features of our home. Unfortunately, it's sort of turned into a storage area for vases, "chotchkies, " as my dad calls them, and other things that don't really have a place. Our dining room is the one area in our home that's somewhat fancy--It's hard to have anything fancy with kids, isn't it? So I fancied up the built-in cabinet and reorganized the things inside.
This is how it started:
I emptied it out, including the shelves. That's when I found that the previous owners were idiots and replaced the shelves while the paint was wet. I had to rip the paint just to get the shelves out!
Then I covered the back wall of the cabinet with... WRAPPING PAPER! I used removable double sided tape to adhere it to the wall. I had to search three stores to find something that would work. My 4 year old was convinced that princess paper would be the best choice. Do you have any idea how many different princess wrapping papers there are? I ended up at Hallmark which is where I found this:
I love it. The glare from the window directly across the room creates a lot of shine during the afternoon, but I couldn't stop staring at dinner tonight because it looked so lovely. I think that it adds some depth to the cabinet, makes it look fancy. And all for $4! Sweet.