I am moving back to the Portland OR/SW Washington area where I grew up. My teen daughter and I are moving in with my Dad to give him some company since his wife recently passed. In any event, we have discussed some DIY decor changes, which seems natural given what I do. I do want to make clear,that this is not elder abuse; my dad is more independent, healthy, and coherent than I am. He just has issues with change… any change.
The issue at hand is a 1985 entertainment center in good condition – holding about 50 VHS tapes. You can only fit at the most a 26 inch television in it. I have a larger flat screen television which he is pretty fascinated with, and I am using that as leverage. I do have a much smaller up-cycled entertainment center that will add a pop of color and house the Xbox and cable equipment.
I found a place to move his candy stash, and I thought I was golden. Then he informs me he will NOT let go of his non-collectible collection of about 20 to 30 coffee cups. Yes, since I was a teenager he has saved random coffee cups with no rhyme or reason. I suggested in my DIY frame of mind that we might break them and make a mosaic pathway through his front yard… He did not find that very funny.
This is where I need your help. Please comment and give ideas of how I can decoratively, possibly discreetly, display his coffee cups. Mind you, he agrees they are somewhat obnoxious. The prize is ending the coffee cup war that could last forever… besides, think of how fun it would be to see all the interesting ideas, and a happy father and daughter. Two important things to consider when commenting: the cup collection can go in the kitchen (where they belong) or the living room. Also, I am trying to bring the decor out of the last three decades so keep that in mind. I’m also alright with ideas that involve vintage decor in a tasteful way is fine.