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


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

  • 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.




  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!♥).
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.





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