About a month ago, I found some poor sucker to take over my lease at a "luxury student living complex" and moved into an apartment I can actually afford. The rent is half the price of the other place (for the same square footage), but the building is a little "dated" (euphamism for ugly). One night I was lying in bed wide awake listening to my then-boyfriend snore and contemplating my horrendous kitchen cabinets. I had considered contact paper, but my mother warned that it would leave the cabinets a sticky mess. I considered covering them with fabric but figured it would just make them uglier. And then! A stroke of genius. My cabinets would be cute, and I'd still get my security deposit back!
Here's what I did:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/safetypinsandtea/cabinets1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/safetypinsandtea/cabinets2.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/safetypinsandtea/cabinets3.jpg
I measured the length and width of each door, plus 4 inches as an allowance for securing them on the inside of the door.
They are secured with some 3M Velcro-like strips, like so:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/safetypinsandtea/cabinets6.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/safetypinsandtea/cabinets5.jpg
At first I was going to use 3M picture hanging strips, but I was going to end up spending a fortune. Then I found the velcro strips. Two 4"x1" inch strips per pack; I cut them to size to fit the width of the ribbon.
The total cost of the project was $10 ($5 for many yards of ribbon, $5 for 2 packs of the velcro strips) and about an hour of my time.
The velcro attatched to the cabinets should come off pretty cleanly when I move out, and if not, it's on the inside of the cabinet so it shouldn't matter.
I kind of wish I had stuck to just the striped ribbon and one solid color, but overall I'm pretty pleased with the result. And I don't notice the ugliness so much.