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Using Contact Paper to Alter Appearance of Cabinets

Updated on September 7, 2020

I attended a private estate sale the other day, and there was a beautiful, reddish cabinet there. The cabinet had a mirror at the top, a door down the front with a clasp, and shelves inside. I got it for thirty dollars, which I thought was a pretty good deal.

I thought it would be a perfect addition to my kitchen for some of my cookbooks. It would be nice to free up another, larger cabinet for kitchen appliances that were taking over the cabinet.

My hubby said it did not fit with the current color scheme of our kitchen, so after a few days, I found the contact paper roll in the pantry, that was a light wood grained color and proceeded to cover, visually, the cabinet.

I decided to just cover the top two shelves that you could see, and the face of the door. The rest, I just decided to leave as reddish.

I had a few vintage wooden boxes, that seemed to tie the look together...

As I start, it is reddish brown
As I start, it is reddish brown
the contact paper is wood grain
the contact paper is wood grain
since I was too lazy to find a tape measure, this piece of wood will work for a temporary measuring device.
since I was too lazy to find a tape measure, this piece of wood will work for a temporary measuring device.
Locate the measure on the graphing and cut along line
Locate the measure on the graphing and cut along line
cut away for sides
cut away for sides

Contact paper is nice, because you can hold it up to your object, and the back is graphed off, so you can cut straight along the lines, and the contact paper will fit quite nicely.

The contact paper has a thin paper backing that you remove so that it will stick to your object.

There were a few spots that needed to be cut around, so I measured approximately using the actual cabinet, and cut the notches in.

Then, I rounded the front corners with a scissors, and began to remove the paper backing smoothing my way to the back of the cabinet, trimming as I went.

The vintage wooden boxes really make it go, don't you agree?
The vintage wooden boxes really make it go, don't you agree?

Then, I decided to just do the inside of the front of the door. I measured the opening and cut a slit in my contact paper.

Then, I opened the roll of paper and measured down to the bottom of the door, cutting it a little long, so I could cut the edge nicely once I determined the exact length. Peeled of the paper, started at the top and pressed it in place. I removed enough paper backing to get started, and used the weight of the paper, to keep my contact paper steady, then, I removed the rest of the backing.

Nice. Looks very nice.

Now to carry it into the kitchen.


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