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« on: February 21, 2007 10:20:50 PM »

so i've tried to read all the posts i could find on this
i just 'took the plunge'
i contact papered a corner of one of my laminate cabinet doors, and painted acrylic paint over it
i'm in a rented apartment, so i need a solution for these cabinets that is temporary.  i'm hoping once the paint dries on the contact paper, i'll still be able to peel the contact paper off without damaging the door.

i'd kill for some painted cabinets, because then i could actually DO something with them.  fake wood laminate is useless and gross.  i tried
replacing the hardware but nicer hardware didn't look right.

i'm crossing my fingers that this contact paper and paint idea could solve the ugly cabinet problem

does anyone know if contact paper gets harder to remove as time passes?  i'll be removing it in about four and a half months.

here's what my cabinets look like

here's the corner i contact papered, and the different spots i tested out paints

here's what the inside of the cabinet looks like

i think today i'm going to blow dry the contact paper to see how it stands up to heat.  i'm not sure how long i'm going to leave it up for...my boyfriend says at least a few days.  i'm trying to think of ways to 'wear' the paper, the same way it'd get worn out in a kitchen by heat, moisture, oil, dirt, etc
« Last Edit: February 22, 2007 06:52:36 AM by synthecide » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007 07:23:24 AM »

I lived in a military housing unit in Germany that had THE ugliest cabinets ever. I covered them ALL, top to bottom with black and white checkered contact paper. (This was the early 90's... I thought it was pretty cool at the time!). The contact paper was up for 2 years. It never lifted or peeled at all. And taking it off was a breeze. It pulled off like nothing.
I should say that the cabinets were not wood though. They were already some time of laminate surface, which I'm sure makes a bit of a difference. But I really doubt that you would have any problems with it in that short of an amount of time. I say go for it.
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007 07:27:59 AM »

yeah my cabinets are funky.  they base and inside are all wood, but the doors to the cabinets are fake wood laminate.  even the inside of the cabinet door is taupe laminate.  i'm excited about this little adventure, but i can't decide now how to decorate the contact paper, or whether or not to put hardware on or just leave everything blank
i suppose hardware would cut down on the dirty-hand-contact with the paper, so it might be a good idea

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