Last year, I did a cheap makeover of my rental kitchen. The most dramatic portion of that makeover was updating the kitchen by using white contact paper on the cabinets and drawer fronts:
The biggest reason for using the contact paper was to balance out the funky colored/patterned counters. It also really opened up the space and modernized it. Even the maintenance guy was impressed!
Two months ago, I moved and finally had to remove the contact paper. So how did that work? Continue reading for my final analysis of the project.
People like my mom and my rental company were concerned the paper would damage the wood. I was never worried about this though, because I tested a small piece of it before embarking on the project.
I’m happy to report I was right; the contact paper did not damage the cabinets/drawers. It did, however, leave some sticky residue in random spots. It took a bit of time, but I was able to remove it with an adhesive remover and elbow grease. It was still a worthy venture,
Thankfully, I don’t have the desire to do this again in my new apartment. Although my new kitchen has identical cabinets, the countertop is solid white. So coordinating a color scheme will be much easier this time around.
The verdict? Proceed with caution and do a small test first, if possible. Consider the room in which you’re using it: will it be humid, hot, or greasy? Also, not all contact paper is created equal. I’ve used the chrome effect paper with other projects, and it’s much stickier than the white I used in this makeover.
What do you think of using contact paper in decor? Have you ever used contact paper in a makeover project?
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