I first started out with the drawer because if I didn't like how it looked I could just shut the drawer and ignore that it was there. (After working with it some it is really easy to remove, not like wallpaper so if I had changed my mind it wouldn't have been difficult to remove.) Here you can see a picture of the drawer:
The shelf paper is a ticking stripe pattern in a turquoisey-grey with thinner white and green stripes. The green is pretty close in color to the green paint of our walls so it ties everything together pretty nicely.
Next I decided to tackle a bit larger of an area, the back of the cubby in the middle of the cabinet. Working with the shelf paper was a bit frustrating although I think the stripe pattern did make it a little easier for lining things up and matching edges of side by side sections. I began at the center edge of the cabinet back, aligning the paper and then working out from there. The part that tends to be a bit tricky is smoothing out all the air bubbles. I kept having to pull the paper back and work out the bubbles before moving on to the next section. If the bubble is relatively small you can use a needle to prick the paper and release the air.
I left a little overhang at the bottom and top of the section I was working on, rather than try to cut everything perfectly before applying the shelf paper as you can see here:
I then used an exacto knife to trim the paper at the top and bottom edges for a nice clean edge:
And here you can see the finished cubby and drawer:
And finally I worked on the larger compartment on top:
Here it is with all our dishes loaded back in:
And a closer view with the light on:
Now we really need to replace the cabinet window with plain glass!:
One of the added benefits of the darker color of the shelf paper is that it makes the cabinet appear deeper than when the back was a plain white. Not only is it cuter it also seems larger and makes our white dishes stand out more!
For comparisons sake, here is a before picture:
And an after picture:
So that concludes my adventure with shelf paper, there are a lot of cute styles of shelf paper out there, I had no idea! There are some really cool patterns at Chic Shelf Paper ............ or they have some nice patterns that are less expensive at Orchard Supply Hardware where I found mine :o)