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DIY Countertop Revival

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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!

To see more: http://rentalrevival.com/home/2013/6/16/diy-countertop-revival

  • Michelle Hamill
    Michelle Hamill Missouri City, MO
    on Dec 22, 2013

    wow, awesome!

  • Ellen Howard Sloan
    Ellen Howard Sloan Kansas City, MO
    on Dec 22, 2013

    We r getting ready to move into our apt and it has ugly lam that's white with gold in it. Can't waut to do this!

  • Sheila Watley
    Sheila Watley Seagoville, TX
    on Dec 22, 2013

    love it

  • Jan 3 Boll
    Jan 3 Boll Muskegon, MI
    on Dec 22, 2013

    Very nice (I'm a contact paper person. I redid my stove this way and the switch/electric covers). Just have to remember not to put hot items on it.

  • Nancy burns
    Nancy burns
    on Dec 22, 2013

    I would suggest talking with the landlord before doing this. I have never been able to remove contact paper easily and the landlord may have another suggestion.

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