If its very dirty, I would advise you to take it to your Local Embroidery/Needlework shop, many of them have framing right in their shop. If you take it to them, they should be able to get it in shape, as well as block it properly. For future projects, I would definately keep your work covered, your hands cleaned, and so on. Then you can look for "blocking needlework" online to learn how to prepare your work for framing the next time. It's not usually cheap to get a professional to take care of your needlework for you! Can't wait to see a pic of what you did!
lissaw70 - Sorry No offense was intended... there were a couple people that suggested fabric lining the shelves (I thought). I've just cleaned some serious goup of the outsides and tops and insides of unprotected shelves. I would hate to see some have to try to deal with it in their kitchen. If the shelf was in the craft room... the fabric would be awesome!
I understand what people are saying about getting it valued... but I say, if you love it and can change it to love it even more... then that's worth way more than any amount of money. But it might be interesting to know what its worth.
I also think that scrubbing it could make a world of difference.
Is it beat up at all? Nicks and dents and scratches? I can't really tell from the picture. If so, stripping the paint and giving it a good sanding could really help it out. If there are big dents you can't sand out, there is this goup that they sell at the home improvement stores for filling in spaces like that in wood. I have no idea what its called but I'm sure if you asked someone for "the stuff you use to fill in dents in wood", they'd be able to help you.
Updated handles on the cabinets may help give the "face lift" you're looking for too.
I LOVE the idea someone (sorry, I can't remember who above wrote that) had about tiling the backsplash. That could be really beautiful. And redoing the counter top could help too. Again, I can't really tell from the picture what condition it is.
I'll make another vote for removing that particular shelf liner. Its sorta awful. BUT I would definitely NOT NO NEVER! use fabric for lining in a kitchen cabinet. It'll be impossible to clean and get all gunked up and make you want to cry. Or at least it would make me want to cry if it happened to me. Kitchens get that weird oil in the air that settles on stuff, and you really need a smooth surface to be able to clean it. And just think if your flour spilled on the fabric...
But they do make this really neat shelf liner paper that is brushed chrome looking. If you're going to play up the 50s element, that could be really neat-o.
I know this post is getting really long, so I'll only make one more suggestion. If you're going to be moving into a new house, I might try to convince your guy that any renovations to the beautiful cabinet be postponed until you move into your new house. It would really be horrible if you spent a bunch of time turning it into something red and black with white and chrome accents (for example) and moved it into a green and brown kitchen.
If you put some cotton with the scented oil and your stars in a sealed container for a while (at least a couple days, but up to a few weeks - it depends on how many stars, how much oil, and how much you want them to be smelly), they should absorb the scent. Then when you you take them out, they will release the scent they absorbed. If you can find a warm place to keep them (like on the top of your fridge, near the back) while they are "soaking up" the scent, the process gets sped up a bit.
Another option would be to mix the oils with some alcohol or water in a misting bottle and mist the paper. This may or may not work and I would experiment with spraying the paper on a few before you soak them all down and ruin them. I also might try misting the paper before folding the stars. You may be able to make some neat tye-die looking effects.
Oh! and make sure that you're using pure essential oils, not that junky "scented oil" stuff for candles and oil burners and such. The essential oils are much much cleaner and will give you the effect you're going for.
Since a ton of people have already asked for them, I won't ask for a pattern.
But I would LOVE to know if you made the pattern up yourself or if you found that somewhere. I love seeing all these fabulous things on craftster and I'm always curious where people get their inspiration.
He's so way cute. My sister's head would explode from cute-panda-overload if she saw him. She's a total panda nut.