Sooooooooo, since I was newly married (eh hem, 12 + years ago - I know I don't look old enough!), I began collecting snow globes. High end, musical, collectible snow globes you ask - heck no. I love the plastic, cheapo (it's a word) kind. I started getting them on trips to Gulf Shores, AL, Chicago, IL, etc.
Well, what happens when you start a collection of affordable items is that people start buying them for you from EVERYWHERE. Now I have over 100 snow globes from all over the world. For years I didn't really have a place to store these gems, but my wonderful Aunt Patty (more about her some other time) gave me a vintage shelf/glass-front cabinet and I thought BINGO, that's where I'll put 'em all. So I did. See . . . . This is a fantastic piece with great glass doors notched for opening and great legs.
I loved the cabinet and that I finally got to showcase my collection, but it left me a little blech because I felt like you didn't really see the globes very well. So, I decided to add some paper to the back. I simply used double-sided tape squares (like for scrapbooking) and applied an adorable houndstooth wrapping paper to the back of the cabinet. This took all of 15 minutes and had such a great result. It's an awesome transformation.
Try this on a china cabinet or even a regular book shelf to give something a nice dose of personality and to help your what-nots stand out better. You can use wrapping paper, scrapbook paper or even wallpaper. LMK if you give it a try!