The entire family room is paneled, but you don't notice it much because it's a great, neutral color. This neutral was obviously not extended to the back of the shelving.
I've been debating about what I would do with it. I ruled out painting because I wanted something more interesting. I thought about a cream on cream damask, but I thought that might be too refined, too blah. I picked up this old biology book from my friend Katie in the family garage sale we had in September. It belonged to her father-in-law.
I considered papering cardboard and attaching it into the back of the shelving so it would be easy to change out, but the shelves fit in too tightly and I wasn't going to mess with sawing them down; I don't have those kind of power tools.
So I just said screw it and decided to use matte decoupage and glue the pages right on the paneling. After the drama of moving this summer, I will be leaving this house feet-first. I'm worth much more dead than alive and Jason can pay somebody to change it!
I was happy with the way it was coming together and used an interesting combination of images from the book. I was happy, that is, until my husband told me it looked like something out of Session 9, yes, a horror film. Something, he said, someone at the State mental hospital, might use to paper her room.
After a good laugh, he admitted that he liked it, even if it was a little weird. I mean, really, I have busted up baby doll heads and animal skulls incorporated into my decor. I am so happy that I have a husband who gives me full reign of the home decor. I couldn't have it any other way. I did tell him I wish my mother-in-law were here to tell me that she liked it. If something makes me happy, she is 100 percent on-board. How supportive is that?!
The wood stain really pulled it all together. And I love the way the stain really stuck in areas where I wasn't as liberal with the glue. It adds to the "funk".
And here it is complete with my stuff. I restyled some things and am thrilled with the way everything now pops with the new background.
I got the little Santa brooch and some old fashioned ball ornaments from a shop called Fabu on 75th and Wornall. It will be closing in February as the owner is on to other adventures.
I am so excited that I found the motivation to do this project (finally). Next, I have some wood furniture I need to paint. I'm thinking light gray and of course, I'll slather some antiquing glaze all over it to make it look as beat up as possible. There's a certain serenity in the fact that not everything in my house has to be perfect. Have I mentioned lately that I'm loving my new home?!