This little built-in hutch is one of my favorite pieces in the house and was one of the first details that made me fall in love. It just oozes with 100 year old charm and is the perfect home for all of my wedding china. I adore our china. It's hand crafted and inspired by South African potters with a fun, but classic dot pattern. (You can buy it here!) However, once I put our beautiful dinnerware in the hutch, it disappeared into the abyss of wood. Immediately, I knew I needed to update the hutch by brightening up the background, but I didn't want to paint it as that is such a permanent solution.
image via West Elm
So Mikael and I headed over to Paper Source to look at their printed papers. We were inspired for the pattern by some of the old remnants of shelf paper we found in the hutch and kitchen (see below!). This art deco style influenced us to look at similar patterns at Paper Source, but we knew we had to go with a lighter color to contrast with the darker wood and navy dinnerware.
We ended up choosing a gold and cream silk screen printed scallop design that echoes the feather pattern of the old shelf paper (you can find it here!). I used 3 pieces of the 20" x 30" size to fill the back of the hutch, overlapping the design to ensure a consistency of pattern. Initially when I tried to adhere the paper to the wood backing I used double-sided scotch tape. Unfortunately, the paper just didn't hold to the back and just kept falling down. Ugh. So I wound up using packing tape. Yep, you heard that right. Packing tape is holding up this gorgeous paper to the back of the hutch!
So here it is. Far from perfect, but the detailed scalloping pattern adds visual interest to the blank space. I also love that the gold foil and cream colors contrast so beautifully with the wood, grey wall color, and plays well with the shining chandelier in the center of the room. Thankfully, the imperfections are hidden behind the bowls and plates and are thus unnoticeable!
It's such an unbelievable difference for just $20! I'm so proud of this little DIY and its definitely something you could easily do in your own home with any other paper you love!