I had to share my most recent discovery at our home. Raise your hand if you have ever moved into a home with retro shelf paper lining the kitchen cupboards, bathroom drawers, or closet shelves. We have it all! The purpose of lining shelves and drawers with paper years ago was to prevent the wood from being stained or discolored by household products that had a tendency to leak. Most modern cabinetry has a melamine resin coating that makes shelf paper obsolete, but many people still use it in cupboards where oils, cleaning products, or other liquids may leak. It is also useful in kitchens with metal cabinetry which has a tendency to rust when exposed to liquids.
I ran across that beautiful remnant of days past in our master bedroom closet. With 14 feet of hanging space, dual overhead shelving units, built-in dressers, and double doors, I have no complaints about dealing with a little shelf paper. The closets are also equipped with lights! As I was wiping out the drawers, I ran across the awesome shelf liner pictured above. Thankfully, it was not stuck down on the wood, and it still had the "instructions and uses" on the back side. I thought some of you might get a kick out of seeing what the Clopay Corporation's recommended uses were for it. I particularly enjoyed their suggestions for valances, headboards, and entire walls. Psychedelic! Welcome Home!