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Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

Tip For a persistent air bubble that the squeegee can’t eliminate, stick a small pin in the side of the bubble. Use the squeegee to push air out of the bubble and flatten the contact paper. When installing contact paper on narrow cabinet faces, cut the pieces to keep the paper design’s grain going the same direction. For example, if the cabinet face is 4 inches tall above the cabinet door, cut 4-inch sections across the paper, using the full width of the paper. If the facing to the side of the door is also 4 inches, cut the contact paper lengthwise to fit so the grain continues going in the same direction as on the cabinet doors.
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Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

BEWARE! I tried the Contact paper method, and when it was time for a change, it wasn’t easy to remove without damaging the existing surface of the cupboards. The adhesive from the Contact paper just peeled away the layer of varnish on the cupboards, leaving patches of unvarnished wood panel. I had no idea these ugly cupboards could get worse, but removing the Contact paper did a number on them, for sure. Now, I have to re-varnish…an entire kitchen of cupboards? Oh, had I known this was a possibility before, I wouldn’t have gone with Contact paper. Sure, it’s not permanent, but it can cause damage. So, think twice about your cupboard surfaces before you stick it on. I am opting for fabric covered this time around, but am ironing a vinyl layer onto the fabric first to waterproof it. Then folding it neatly over edges and tacking them to the inside of the doors. Just wanted people considering the Contact method to know!
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Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

yesenia September 4th, 2016 BEWARE! I tried the Contact paper method, and when it was time for a change, it wasn’t easy to remove without damaging the existing surface of the cupboards. The adhesive from the Contact paper just peeled away the layer of varnish on the cupboards, leaving patches of unvarnished wood panel. I had no idea these ugly cupboards could get worse, but removing the Contact paper did a number on them, for sure. Now, I have to re-varnish…an entire kitchen of cupboards? Oh, had I known this was a possibility before, I wouldn’t have gone with Contact paper. Sure, it’s not permanent, but it can cause damage. So, think twice about your cupboard surfaces before you stick it on. I am opting for fabric covered this time around, but am ironing a vinyl layer onto the fabric first to waterproof it. Then folding it neatly over edges and tacking them to the inside of the doors. Just wanted people considering the Contact method to know! Reply
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Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

Change the look of your kitchen quickly by refacing your cabinets with contact paper. Modern contact paper comes in a variety of colors and styles, including metal and wood-grain finishes. It creates a durable coating that’s easy to wipe down and clean, and it’s easy to remove when you’re ready to update your kitchen again. Use a self-adhesive contact paper to make the project go faster and easier than with papers that need water to activate the glue.

Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

In my oak kitchen, I did the beadboard wallpaper for the insets, and then I did contact paper on the frames…I am a contact paper guru…and then I used duct tape on the surrounding frames. it gives the appearance of white kitchen without paint. It can be peeled off…I am selling my home, some people like it, others think it is horrid. I am not taking it down…Most people UPGRADE after they buy so I don’t want to change out anything. But the kitchen photographs well, and it cleans up well, so I don’t get WHY people have gotten weird about the fact that it isn’t permanent. If you want the real wood cabinets, they are there…peel off my coating and they are as they were. I don’t like paint, I love wallpaper, it isn’t as messy and it doesn’t have fumes. I have a basic tract home, so I don’t have to impress anyone. I know the trend is to have expresso or darker colors, but I prefer oak or whitewashed woods. I switched out to burnished bronze fixtures…they always look or show dirt, I think they are a bad idea. Dust collects on them and it looks like I never dust…hate that…
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Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

There are tons of adhesive wall decorations out on the market right now — call it contact paper, vinyl decals, shelf paper or removable wallpaper. Any of the above is a great go-to for enhancing your kitchen cabinets on the fly. Easy to remove, and very affordable, these are also a very do-able stopgap measure before your dream kitchen makeover.
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Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

heather April 13th, 2016 Certainly going to try both taking doors off and contact paper!! Great help..many thanks Reply yesenia September 4th, 2016 I have my cupboard doors off now, but will not use Contact paper ever again! Reply
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Kitchen Cabinet Contact Paper

2. Remove cabinet doors. If your kitchen cabinetry in your rental is not your favorite or you feel the need to lighten up, Emily’s solution for removing cabinet doors is a smart one. She’s not renting, but instead of repainting all of the cabinetry in her home, she simply removed the doors on the upper cabinets and painted the backs a dark charcoal – in a rental home you can do the same or even use wallpaper or wrapping paper to dress up the backs and secure it with double sided tape.
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With contact paper regaining some momentum and becoming a popular material for DIY’ers, there is a slew of inspiration out there from fellow renters who have discovered genius ways to cover up their less-than-attractive cupboards. The great thing about this new generation of contact papers is that they tend to be super easy to remove, but will stay put until you decide to pull them off. Win-win for the renters of the world, right? Here’s some inspiration for you.
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3. Slipcover Your Cabinets. Short of painting, there is little you can do disguise unattractive cabinets, but here is an effective solution that costs only a few dollars. I’m still impressed with Erin’s kitchen makeover where she removed the doors and “slipcovered” the upper cabinets with contact paper.
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Oh wow, these are great! My rental's kitchen cabinets are all painted metal (that is, metal that has been painted). It's pretty awful and they're super rusty and gross inside. I'd considered doing the contact paper for the inner parts, but hadn't thought about it for the exterior. Not sure it will stick, but it might be worth some experimenting.
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LouLou October 14th, 2014 Oh wow, these are great! My rental's kitchen cabinets are all painted metal (that is, metal that has been painted). It's pretty awful and they're super rusty and gross inside. I'd considered doing the contact paper for the inner parts, but hadn't thought about it for the exterior. Not sure it will stick, but it might be worth some experimenting. Reply
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The Cricut is a portable cutting machine that cuts letters, shapes, and phrases at the touch of a button. They range from $120-200. You can see more ideas on using a Cricut machine with contact paper here.
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11. Invest in a Cricut Machine View this image › cricut.com The Cricut is a portable cutting machine that cuts letters, shapes, and phrases at the touch of a button. They range from $120-200. You can see more ideas on using a Cricut machine with contact paper here. ID: 513384
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11. Invest in a Cricut Machine View this image › cricut.com The Cricut is a portable cutting machine that cuts letters, shapes, and phrases at the touch of a button. They range from $120-200. You can see more ideas on using a Cricut machine with contact paper here.
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FYI- use rubbing alcohol to remove the adhesive left from the contact paper. The alcohol is fantastic on bathroom doors, sinks, etc….. due to the residue left by hair spray.
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LadyMichigan October 9th, 2016 FYI- use rubbing alcohol to remove the adhesive left from the contact paper. The alcohol is fantastic on bathroom doors, sinks, etc….. due to the residue left by hair spray. Reply

If your landlord is up for it, replacing the faucet isn’t such a big deal (just hold on to the old one to reinstall before you go). If you can find one with the same footprint as the one you’re replacing, all the better. We are a military family and have moved, gulp, 15 times in 13 years. Move number 16 is coming this summer. We always switch out ugly faucets and lighting (as well as upgrade shower heads). Sometimes we resell the faucet on CraigsList, other times we take it with us for the next house, or a few times the landlord liked the new one much better and it stayed. I’m loving the open shelving with paper backed cabinets. Definitely doing that in my next home! Thank you so much for this series. Love it!

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