I thought people were smaller in the 1950's. To walk through some of the homes in my neighborhood you would think the same. I mean, really, the house across the street has a Master Bath the size of a travel trailer. My husband can't even get inside the shower stall.
So why was this cabinet in my kitchen so high? Most of the top shelves in the rest of my cabinets hold all the stuff I only pull out once a year, like Christmas dishes. This one above my sink was useless. Who is going to use a cabinet that you have to have a ladder to reach and you have to hold the door up with one hand while to try to search for what you need with the other.
So a decorative shelf was born in my 1954 kitchen. But a plain white shelf in my plain white cabinets was...well...boring. For something a little different I lined the shelf with fabric. I little spray glue did the trick. (Hint: don't use striped fabric. It's much harder to make it look good.) I used hot glue and a little bit of black lace trim to cover all the corner seems. Voile'.
P.S. Everything on this shelf was found at a thrift store. The bird was a cheap tacky resin figurine that I gave knew life. See the post on that here. The decorative "carving" on the face of the shelf was made using a stencil and spackling paste.
Don't let that hard to reach cabinet sit empty. Have photos of your shelf project? Share them on my Facebook page.