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« on: June 25, 2009 07:49:11 PM »

Hi everyone. Longtime lurker, first time poster Smiley

Does anyone have experience with this?  I was originally planning on painting them, but then I thought it might be too much work as my first project with all the priming, sandpapering and painting involved. I know I'd screw it up somehow. I saw a few threads on here showing how you can use contact paper to cover cabinets, but none of the pictures are showing. Does anyone have any pictures or links to share?  I dont know what i'd do about the frame around the cabinets though? It may be difficult to cut the contact paper to cover it all. Also, I'm worried about the paper bubbling. is it worth the hassle?

Here's a picture of the cabinets.  


Also in my ktichen there's this ugly large piece that the previous tenants made. Its a counter top with 2 large cabinets at the bottom.
I can get rid of it but I use it to store all my pots and pans so it needs to stay until I can find something else thats big enough. Its made of wood and it has been painted. Would it be a good idea to cover the top with contact paper? Anything else I could do to make it look better?

My kitchen is very narrow so I couldnt get a good picture


Any advice would be very helpful Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009 09:41:50 AM »

painting isnt that hard to mess up, and i would go for that, just because i'm not a huge fan of contact paper!

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2009 08:12:14 PM »

I covered mine with mod podge and cut up scrapbook paper. It covered up all the imperfections in the wood and I only had to use a small paint brush. When I felt like quitting for the day, I was done!! Wash the brush off, close the MP and wander off.
I don't know if this is like contact paper but it is another option:)
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009 06:07:59 PM »

I had really flat surface cabinets like you have. I added some wood applique's and trim in white after I painted the cabinets blue. I also changed the knobs.

Painting isn't that bad. If you make a mistake you just paint again. Painting took me a long time but it is the nature of my lifestyle: money = no time / time = no money.

I think I would love to play around with metal embossing on those, but I also see the need to have everything more unified.

Decopage' has some fun options if you ever go look in the scrapbooking section of the craft store. You could use different boarders, and different papers.

You could also go kitchy (yeah, yeah, yeah! Kitchy kitchen) and add gems, silk flowers or other assorted items to make the cabinets a little more fun.


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