I finally did get the courage to ask him about recycling it into something new for the shop the other day during one of my "clean out the clutter" binges. He gave me permission to morph it into something new. When I thought about what I could do with it I remembered I also had some old wicker wall hangings I'd been hanging onto. What if I cut them apart, glued it to the shelf and then painted it? Why not? Primer and a coat of latex right over the top, it worked like a charm.
The only problem I needed to remedy was the fish cutout in the center from its previous life( I made the hubby pose with his handiwork ) Hmmm...what could I do about that? I had some old frames laying around, what if I transferred an image to a piece of drop cloth, framed it and then nailed the frame to the shelf right over the fish? Done! To finish off the edges of the wicker I glued some ecru colored trim around it as well as around the canvas image.
I had picked up some little crystal knobs at the craft store...have you been to Michael's lately? They have some adorable knobs in the dollar bins. I have collected quite a stash for future projects. They stood out a little too much on their own so I grabbed some jewels I had in a similar color and added them to the transfer, better.