After lots and lots and lots of scrubbing, I finally got it clean. If it wasn't black and I could actually see the yuck, it probably would have stayed in the store. But now it's painted. Still not sure I like it.
I originally wanted to find a chartreuse damask wallpaper for the back. I could not find any, so I decided to paint the shelf chartreuse and use this grey and white Allen + Roth wallpaper from Lowe's.
Couple of problems with that idea. Am I crazy or does this look like a big yellow shelf to you? This is not the color I was hoping for. At all. Everyone said maybe it was because it was only one coat and two would make it look right. Nope, two coats didn't help much.
Also, I used hardboard for the back. I did not prime it. When the wallpaper dried it caused the board to shrink and warp and it was peeling alot. It would not stay stapled into the back causing many many headaches.
Anyone know if a dark wax would help the color and/or the fact that the finish is staying tacky and it has been days? Would luan work better for the back?