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I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on last night. I decided to cover our bathroom shelves with some cute polka dot contact paper.
Here’s what they looked like before. Pretty ugly.
I started by removing the the drawers and shelves that would come out.
Make sure you give each surface a really good wipe down. You don’t want any dirt getting stuck under your contact paper.
I then laid one of my shelves on the sheet of contact paper to measure it.
The instruction recommend leaving 3/8′ overlap on each side. You can cut off any excess after you’ve got it positioned just right.
I used a pen to mark where I was going to cut.
And then I cut four sheets of that same size out. One for each of the two shelves and two for each of the bottoms of the tall cabinet.
Then it’s as simple as peeling off the backing and positioning it on your shelf.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it just right at first. It’s easy to peel off and reapply, plus you have the excess from each edge to work with.
Then take a flat hard surface or a rag and slide it across your contact paper. Work from the middle out to the edges to smooth out any bubbles.
Now the drawers were a little trickier to measure so I made sure to leave extra on each side just in case. After you cut out your drawer piece then push it in to place inside the drawer. Use your flat surface or rag to smooth out any bubbles.
Use a razor blade to cut off any excess paper around the edges.
Smooth it down one more time to make sure it’s all stuck in every corner.
Since the bottom of the cabinets couldn’t be removed, I used one of the shelves as a template, cut a piece of contact paper to fit (leaving a little extra on each edge just in case) and then applied it right in place. I had to use the razor blade to clean up the edges.
Then I put my shelves and drawers back in place.
So much cuter than those dingy unfinished cabinet shelves and drawers! This was really an easy project and came together pretty quickly.
I love that there’s a surprise pop of color and pattern when you open the cabinets!
*Polka dog contact paper is from Kmart
We painted the room with Behr Lime Light and I love it! I was worried it would be too ‘minty,’ but it turned out great.
Hard to get a picture of the whole room, but the bathtub is opposite the toilet. We are extremely happy with this project. It has turned out so beautiful!
ps- pardon our clutter in these photos
My husband and I know that we will most likely move within the next three years. We don’t know exactly where yet or have any concrete plans but what we do know is that we are not happy where we are. We don’t like where we live and we don’t like the house we live in. (Sounds pretty ungrateful, right?) We bought the house a few years ago when we really needed to get in to a place and didn’t have the luxury to look around for what we really wanted.
Anyway, the truth is- we are grateful for what we have. We would just like to move forward in the future. So the point of this post was to admit that I haven’t done much improving or design work on our home or yard because I’ve had this attitude that ‘what’s the point if we’re just going to move?’
But there is a point!! For now, this is where we live and we should find happiness in coming home every day. Just because this house isn’t where we want to stay doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve our time, love and attention. It’s important to make our home a place that feels like ‘us’ even if it’s not where we’d ultimately like to end up.
Does that make sense? So, I think there are some easy ways that I can spruce up our home and yard which will make us like it there a little bit more. Here are my goals for the year:
1. Replace the dated brown and yellow front door with a new black one that has updated hardware. (We got a new door for free from my father in law who works on homes)
2. Weed flower beds and plant more free cuttings from our parents homes into our yard.
3. Add paint to the interior walls.
4. Have the carpets cleaned.
5. Add art, shelves, and accessories that we can take with us when we leave.
6. Clean out the extra spaces, nooks and crannies- get rid of clutter.
7. DIY projects like curtains on our bare windows.