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DIY Countertop Revival

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This is the perfect project for renters or apartment dwellers! Are your kitchen countertops ugly and dated? Use contact paper to revive them! All you need for this project is decorative contact paper or adhesive shelf liner, which I found at Target for $5.24; clear caulk (about $3 at any home improvement store); a razor blade or box cutter; and finally, Mod Podge or a food-safe sealant. I searched a lot of stores for shelf liner in a black and white design,and on my expedition I found many options: faux wood grain, faux stainless steel, and other cute options that just didn't happen to match my vision, but may be perfect for your home. Get creative with your countertops!
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
  • diy countertop revival, countertops, diy, kitchen design, This project is very detail oriented as the laying of contact paper can get pretty tedious It s sticky but it is easy to remove and realign so you can give yourself a few shots at laying the paper down without bubbles or wrinkles
This project is very detail-oriented, as the laying of contact paper can get pretty tedious. It's sticky, but it is easy to remove and realign, so you can give yourself a few shots at laying the paper down without bubbles or wrinkles.
  • diy countertop revival, countertops, diy, kitchen design, The first step is to wipe down your counter with soap and water and allow it to dry This is really important because the contact paper sticks better to clean surfaces
The first step is to wipe down your counter with soap and water, and allow it to dry. This is really important because the contact paper sticks better to clean surfaces.
  • diy countertop revival, countertops, diy, kitchen design, After the area dries measure your counter space You will have to have a seam between two strips of contact paper I recommend creating as few seams as you can I added 1 2 extra on each side which I trimmed more precisely later
After the area dries, measure your counter space. You will have to have a seam between two strips of contact paper; I recommend creating as few seams as you can. I added 1/2" extra on each side, which I trimmed more precisely later.
  • diy countertop revival, countertops, diy, kitchen design, 1 Remove the backing in small pieces to avoid a sticky mess 2 Trim the edges close to the wall 3 Add clear caulk along the wall seams 4 Opt Use sealant for protection my counter here is not for food so I used Mod Podge
1. Remove the backing in small pieces, to avoid a sticky mess; 2. Trim the edges close to the wall; 3. Add clear caulk along the wall seams; 4. (Opt.) Use sealant for protection (my counter here is not for food, so I used Mod Podge).
  • diy countertop revival, countertops, diy, kitchen design, Some advice When making a seam with two strips of contact paper overlap about an inch That way the opportunity for food or water to slither its way underneath is slim
Some advice: When making a seam with two strips of contact paper, overlap about an inch. That way the opportunity for food or water to slither its way underneath is slim.
  • diy countertop revival, countertops, diy, kitchen design, The best part The counters will easily be restored when I move I ll just peel them up and scrape off the caulk with a razor Good luck with your counters and have fun
The best part? The counters will easily be restored when I move--I'll just peel them up and scrape off the caulk with a razor. Good luck with your counters, and have fun!

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  • Lenita
    Lenita Mankato, MN

    First the fridge and now the counters...Bravo!!

  • Bettybug21

    Thought I was the only one who would ever use contact paper for something like a countertop. I did this about 6mos. ago & love it! Just one minor goof with something too hot. Patched & careful to use cutting board as a hot pad now.

  • Cindy Busco Paoletti

    I did this two years ago. It lasted over a year without putting any protective coating over it. Would have lasted longer but my daughter managed to spill nail polish on it lol

    • Cindy Busco Paoletti

      No Sherrie and I was shocked it didn't because I washed it down with all kinds of cleaners. When I pulled it off it took awhile to remove the sticky stuff left behind on the counter. Now I plan on putting a solid color on my kitchen walls instead of

  • Donna Pelletier
    Donna Pelletier Madrid, NY

    I have been doing this since the 80's...contact paper is very inexpensive way to change things up. I think I am on the 6th change. I even put contact paper on all my kitchen walls, and I have just one wall of cabinets. Up for 5 years, and time

    • Barbara D
      Barbara D Higley, AZ

      Is it easy to remove? What does it look like when done? And removed? I have rental properties and I am hoping no one does this.

  • Suzanne Lemieux Schaffer

    Mod podge and food? Good luck with that.

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