Am I the only one using shelf paper to line shelves and drawers nowadays? I went to three different general merchandise stores looking for it and all three had a sad little selection of three types in three colors (I exaggerate, but not by much).
I ended up getting a couple of rolls of bland tan colored Contact Paper because the other options were more for padding the shelves than for keeping them clean. The clean aspect is important to me because as I was readying our Los Angeles house for The Big Move, I was grateful that I could just pull up the paper and the shelves and drawers were magically clean!
When I was young, I remember that shelf paper really was paper and not plastic with sticky stuff on the back. My mother used thumbtacks in the corners to keep the paper in place. White paper, of course, was the cheapest but it came in all sorts of colors and decorations.
My grandmother, though, didn’t just use shelf paper on a roll to line her dresser drawers that we inherited after my grandfather died. Some of the drawers have 1970s-esque Contact Paper lining them but some of the other drawers look like they were lined with wallpaper! Now, I don’t know if she got a roll of wallpaper somewhere for dirt cheap or if it really was shelf paper that was just heavy duty and resembled wallpaper.
So now, as I get to the end of this “stream of consciousness” post, I realize that I could have been creative about what I used to line my shelves and drawers in our cottage when I became disappointed with the options that were available in the “Shelf Liner Section” of the stores.
Note to self: Modern Retro Women are resourceful and are creative in finding new uses for things marketed for another task.
What has been your experience with shelf paper?
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