5 Easy Upcycles Using Contact Paper

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I had some things around my house that I wanted to update, but was afraid to do something permanent incase I didn't like them, got tired of them, etc. I used contact paper to upcycle these 5 items. (Tip - great for renters too!)

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Here is one of my bookshelves, and I felt it was a little plain.

I added contact paper to the back panel of the bookshelf.

Place the contact paper by an edge, slowly peel the backing off and slide your hand back and forth to prevent bubbles from forming. If you make a mistake, just peel it up and try again.

Now it has more depth and dimension to it.

We had this mini fridge in our room and the white stuck out and didn't fit into our room.

I added some stainless steel looking contact paper to it.

I cleaned the fridge, and after it dried I stuck one edge down, peeled the back, and slid my hand back and forth to get a clean stick with out bubbles. This contact paper was kind of like tinfoil and a little harder to work with.

Now it fits in much better.

I felt my old upcycled TV stand that we use as a charging station needed a little lift.

I cut foil back splash wall stickers that I found at Dollar Tree to fit the trays. I stuck one end down, peeled the backing off, and slid my hand back and forth to smooth it out as it attached to the tray.

I placed to piece of glass I had cut to fit the tray on top of each shelf to protect the shelves.

Our office has french glass doors and sometimes I wished I had some privacy while working in there.

I didn't want to do anything permanent I would regret, so I tried clear contact paper. I used a piece of regular paper and used it to measure and cut out 12 squares of the contact paper. I stuck the contact paper to the windows, peeled the backing off, and smoothed it onto the glass.

I placed a stencil on top of the contact paper, and colored in the stencil with a sharpie.

Now we have a little privacy for our office.

This is my grandpa's chest he build and we use it for blankets. I had painted the outside white and I also added contact paper to the inside of this chest to give it a little face lift.

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  • Joanne heneks
    on Aug 29, 2019

    Where did you get the chrome contact paper ?

    • Mary McDonald
      on Sep 7, 2019

      Me neither! I get mine at Amazon. There is a code number that tells you how thick the contact paper will be. Chas , I’ve used that stainless steel looking one and bubbles fairly easily. I’ve recently bought a thicker chrome version and it goes on way better. I use a straight edge as I lay out the contact paper. I find less bubbles and those I do find, I prick with a pin and it can be flat-edged until smooth.

      Thanks for your post! You have great ideas!

  • Melinda Brown Inglesby
    on Feb 9, 2020

    I used Contac paper to cover the painted wood radiator cover in my bathroom. Within a couple of months it had started to noticeably shrink, to a point where the edge that I had overlapped no longer met up. Any suggestion on how to prevent shrinkage? I covered it in late spring, after we had turned the heat off for the season, so it wasn't heat-related

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