Last year, I shared how I used contact paper to cover and redo my ugly, old laminate countertops in my house for under $10. I rent, so I did not want to put a lot of $ into this project or do anything that would cause any damage. Using the contact paper on my counter tops worked out great and I was so glad to not see those red formica counter tops anymore!
I am often asked how well the contact paper is holding up and if I had any issues with it getting wet, scratched or anything. After a year and a half, the only thing I have noticed is that it does shrink just a little bit over time. Other than that it worked great and still looked great.
A couple people asked me if I had tried to cover the metal stripping (I don’t know the exact name for it) that holds the formica counter top piece down. I did not try to cover it last year. I did try to cover it this year and it did not really stick to the metal that well and also just looked rough because the metal it not a flat piece.
I recently painted the kitchen walls a lovely creamy yellow color (Spiced Applesauce semi-gloss by Valspar), gave the cabinets a fresh coat of white paint and bought new knobs and handles for the cabinets and drawers. When I did this, I decided I wanted to take the ugly silver metal strips on the front of the counter top and around the back splash off. It really looked nasty and tacky and looked 10 times worse after the walls and cabinets had been painted.
My landlord was planning to redo the counter top and put a new sink in before I moved in, but that never happened. I know when I move out he would do that so I went ahead and took the metal off around the counters. (Be sure to check with your landlord if you decide to take off the metal stripping because it is really hard to get off and keep it in a piece that could be put back on later.)
Because of that and wanting to redo the backsplash piece, I decided to redo the entire counter with new contact paper. I looked for a different pattern but ended up using the same one because it really just matched the best.
I did have to use some tacky glue to get the contact paper to stick to the wood around the edge of the counter. I think it was just that the wood was old, uneven and some of it actually was rotting a bit. What I did was just lay the contact paper down with enough hanging over the edge so that I could fold it down and under the edge.
I am super happy with the finished product though! It looks so much better without the dingy metal strips around the counter and backsplash.
I only used 1 roll of contact paper this time since I had a little practice from last year and did not mess up and have to redo so many times. I paid less than $6 for the roll at Walmart.
It actually took me longer to get the metal strip off than to redo the countertops! Most of the screws were rusted out & worn down so much that I had to use a pair of pliers to get them to turn enough to rip them out with the back of a hammer.
You can view my original post with info on how to redo your countertops with contact paper here.
It’s not granite, but for $6 and a couple hours of work, it looks great! Most people are shocked when I tell them it is contact paper and not laminate. I expect this to hold up and look great for a couple of years since the last time still looked great after a year and a half. PS did you know they make chalkboard contact paper now too? Oh the possibilities and ideas for that are endless!
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