Get Nerdy

Simple & Stylish (And Cheap!) – Coffee Table Makeover

IMG_0001.jpg

About a year ago I bought a coffee table from Wal-Mart. One of the low-priced, compressed wood ones, whose table top soon bubbled and chipped from everyday use. I must’ve paid no more than $70 for it at the time and today I spent ONLY $3.50 (Gotta love Big Lots!) on contact paper to give it a surprisingly easy makeover. It only took me an episode of New Girl to complete and I think Jessica Day would be proud!

 

Time Needed: 30-35 Minutes
Supplies.jpgMaterials:

  • Old Coffee Table
  • Contact Paper ($3.50 – $5.00 at Big Lots depending on the design)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Pair of scissors
  • Soap, water, and a wash clothe.

 

 

Directions:

  1. Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, wipe the surfaces you’re going to cover with a little water and soap on a wash clothe. Then wipe the surface dry with a clean towel.
  2. Measure! And then measure again. This is going to vary depending on your table of course (♥Add a half-inch to each side if you want to be lazy and just fold the ends under the table ♥). I did the top and the three sides of my table.
  3. Flip your contact paper over to see the grid lines and cut. Then lay it over the surface to make sure it’ll fit perfectly.

 

Now this can be a tricky part,

4. Peel on corner end of the contact paper and then slowly peel along one side. Fold it over.

  1. Press the exposed adhesive to the surface and smooth from the center out. Go slowly and carefully to avoid bubbles. If you do see a bubble, lift the contact paper gently and start pressing it as you go again (♥If you picked a busy design like I did it pretty much distracts from any small imperfections, plain designs will show everything so go bold!♥).
IMG_0007.jpg
Busy patterns hides fine lines or bubbles + I wanted to show off my Halloween Decor 
  1. As you smooth, pull back on the folded backing until you are done.
  2. Grab a cup of tea (or a glass of wine), sit back, and admire your beautiful new table.

daisy

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s