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)
- Pair of scissors
- Soap, water, and a wash clothe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!♥).
- As you smooth, pull back on the folded backing until you are done.
- Grab a cup of tea (or a glass of wine), sit back, and admire your beautiful new table.