After I repainted my kitchen cabinets and started to put the room back together again, I realized I needed to come up with some open shelving ideas so I could find a place for this…
A large ceramic mixing bowl with a handle and spout. I could not pass it up when I saw it at the thrift store. It was only $3.90. Good deal, right?
I did have a problem with it though – I had no place to put it. I didn’t want to hide it behind a cabinet door, I wanted to display it. I thought about removing a few cabinet doors to create open kitchen shelving that is popular now, but I didn’t have the space to spare.
Then I laughed at myself when I realized that I already had open shelves in my kitchen – the shelves where I have had baskets for the past 12 years, the baskets I just updated the color and posted about. I decided to see if the bowl would fit if I removed the baskets.
It did fit – just barely, I liked it.
I am not afraid to act on my instincts and decided to do a switcheroo. I went into my “retail display” mode to create colorful backdrops out of foam core boards for the shelves so the white bowl would pop.
Leaving the inside of the shelves white would just make the white bowl disappear.
Making foam core backdrops is super easy – I made two sets so that I could easily change the color on a whim or for the season. That is one of the reasons I like to decorate with white or neutral colors for walls. It makes it easy to change the colors of my decorative accessories.
How to Make Foam Core Shelf Backdrops
- Foam Core Boards – I buy them at The Dollar Tree. You can also get thin plywood cut at the home improvement store.
- Bead board wall paper, gift wrap, wallpaper, fabric, or paint. I used Orange paint and bead board wallpaper. The blue color is gift wrap.
- Spray glue
- Mailing or duct tape
- Ruler and Craft knife
1. Measure the back of each shelf: width and height. Cut foam core or plywood to these measurements making the board slightly smaller so it will fit in the shelf after you wrap the paper or fabric around it.
2. If foam core boards are slightly warped, pile a few books on them overnight to flatten. Once flat, attach the paper with spray glue.
3. If using bead board wallpaper. Paint it and let it dry before attaching to the cut foam core. If you paint it on the foam board the moisture in the paint will loosen the spray glue.
4. Wrap the excess paper to back of the foam board and use mailing or duct tape to secure.
5. Place in shelf. If it is a tight fit and you want to remove it, wedge a spatula behind one edge so you can grab it to remove.
I am loving the orange. It gave me new energy to put the room all back together again after painting the cabinets.
Perfect for the coming season – my favorite time of year – Autumn!
Presto- Change-o! It is blue.
For now I am going to keep the orange up until Thanksgiving and then will probably make new boards to go with my holiday decorating scheme.
I still love the baskets that used to be on the shelves . I will love them to the end of time – they are one of my favorite things. They are now in my mudroom. Will show you how they look there soon.
Is there any place in your home that would look nice with an easy and budget friendly color swap?