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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

contact-ing

I am quite the happy camper because we made TONS of progress on our list of projects this weekend. We mainly focused our efforts on the office/craft room combo.

One of my little projects was making over my paper storage unit. It's an old hand-me-down from my parents back in my college days, but I love it. It's super functional, but it's not the cutest thing in the world.  I never really cared what it looked like before because it was hidden away downstairs where no one could see it. But now that it's going to be on display in the office and visible from the living room through the french doors, I wanted to make it a little easier on the eyes.

Lucky for me, I had an unopened roll of vintage contact paper that I had picked up Goodwill several months ago for such a time as this. And if you've ever tried to paint particle board furniture, you understand why I did not even consider that route.
So here's all it took - contact paper, scissors and an exacto knife.

Purchasing a new paper storage system was out of the question - those things are expensive! But if I had been able to, I would have liked a white one, so the fact that my contact paper is white with gold details made me happy.

Don't you love that tag line: Now Home Decorating Can Be As Easy As 1-2-3!

I started on the top and the paper rolled out fairly easily.

The biggest thing was making sure I had the paper lined up and smoothed out.

I used a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles.

With the excess hanging over the side, I used my exacto knife to cut clean corners and wrap the contact paper underneath.

Once I had all four sides done, I opted to cover the middle slats as well.

Here she is in all her finished glory.

It's so nice to be able to walk into the room and not see a big brown blob.
The white with gold flecks works perfect in my space.

I was so pleased with how well it adhered and how clean the corners came out.

Now even my view from below is pleasant.

Project total: $1.50 + 30 minutes

That's just the tip of the iceberg - can't wait to show you what else has been going on up in here!
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1 comment:

  1. Love the contact paper - I can't wait to see the finished product!!

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