Every now and then I get the urge to redecorate. To update a room and give it new life. That however can take a lot of work and get very expensive when you start purchasing cans of paint, rolls of wallpaper, and boxes of tile. Those traditional options also lock you into a theme for a fairly long period of time. But what if you want a more temporary and less expensive solution? Then decorating with contact paper may be a great option or you!
Using contact paper with a pleasing pattern is a quick and easy way to have a focal point on a single wall. Or use it to replace wallpaper for an entire room! There is a large variety available today in all types of styles from country to modern; your options are almost endless. If something simple is more your style there are lots of plain, solid colored contact papers to choose from as well.
In my kitchen I chose a patterned adhesive paper that complemented both my cabinets and my wall color. I wanted something that would bring interest to my kitchen without overwhelming the small space. Ultimately I chose the Duck Brand Taupe Swirl which was available at my local Wal-Mart for only $5.99 a roll. It took two rolls with a little left to spare to create my focal wall and the little decorative area behind my stove. I loved the look and the way it turned out so much I thought I would share it with all of you. It’s so simple and easy to do you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it yourself already!
How To Update Your Walls With Contact Paper
- Measure the wall or walls you plan to cover in the contact paper of your choice. That way you’ll know how much you will need. I recommend purchasing an extra roll especially if you have a pattern you will need to match up.
- Prepare your walls by filling any holes or uneven areas with spackling. Wait 24 hours before sanding and then washing them with warm soapy water. If they are very dirty you may need to use a heavier cleaner like TSP that will cut through the dirt, grease and grime. Once your walls are washed let them dry completely before applying any contact paper to them.
- As you wait for the walls to dry you can begin to lay out your contact paper, measure leaving a couple extra inches at the top and bottom, and then cut it into strips much like you would do with wallpaper. Now would be a great time to match up your patterns as well. I also suggest labeling the backs so you will the order each piece goes up on the wall.
- If you have a large area to cover you will want to make some guidelines for yourself to make sure your lines stay straight. Use a straightedge and a level to make sure your lines are plumb.
- If you have ever wallpapered a wall before then this next set will be an old hat for you. You will want to place your first piece of contact paper in the corner, aligning the paper with the guideline you drew. Start at the top and work your way down as you smooth out any air bubbles as you press the contact paper to your wall. You will want to remove a little of the backing at a time as you work that way the adhesive won’t be able to stick to itself. If you make a mistake and find that you’re going crooked you can peel the contact paper back. However, be careful not to do this too much as it will loose its stickiness.
- When you reach the bottom of the wall use a utility knife and a putty knife to help cut away the excess paper. Done properly you should have a clean edge at the bottom.
- Continue the hanging process until your desired area is completely covered.
When you are ready to change the look of your room again simply peel off the contact paper to reveal your walls beneath. Should you come across a stubborn area use a blow dryer to apply a little heat and loosen the glue. Finally use hot water and soap or the TSP once again to remove any sticky residue left behind on your walls. Volia! A simple, inexpensive way to update your walls on a budget!
Have you ever used contact paper to decorate a room? If so how did it go?
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