As an antique dealer, I'm always on the hunt for useful display pieces such as cupboards and open bookshelves that I can load up with "smalls", the antique dealers' term for items under the size of a breadbox. I don't like to use the shelves-in-a-box that come from stores, but have used them in the past as a last resort. I want to be able to sell the item I'm using for display, so it needs to be vintage in origin.
Last weekend I found a vintage white painted bookshelf that I got at a reasonable price. I couldn't leave well enough alone, and decided to jazz it up with some vintage wallpaper. If you want to try a similar project, this can be done with a boxed shelf unit. I suggest you replace the cardboard backing piece that usually comes with the unit with a piece of beadboard. It will be sturdier and look nicer. And like any vintage wallpaper project I do, you can substitute pretty scrapbook paper if you don't have vintage wallpaper.
This is what the shelf looked like when I purchased it:
I painted the shelf with a pretty green color of chalk paint called "Cucumber Melon".
To create the patchwork wallpaper effect, I used Mod Podge Matte. I applied the Mod Podge to the cut paper then pressed the paper to the shelf. After the whole side was covered, I coated it with Mod Podge.
I love using vintage wallpaper whenever I can. This project was just another opportunity to show it off! If you need vintage wallpaper, I am selling it in my Etsy shop.
I'm participating in Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday