‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Paint!’

Do you have any cheap Wal-Mart-type furniture that needs re-vamping? I have the secret for you: contact paper. It isn’t any worse than the material on most cheap furniture, so why not use it? Here are the supplies I used for my TV stand project.

Along with many of my purchases, the TV stand was bought from Goodwill for $10 (credit given to my mom, who found it when we desperately needed a TV stand while moving into the apartment). This picture is partway finished with contact paper covering the base.

The application of contact paper is as easy as wrapping a gift. Trace the lines on the back of the contact paper to match the object, then cut. Slowly peel the backing off and stick to object while flattening out the bubbles. The paper can always be ripped off for a second chance! Also, if any major bubbles appear, simply pop them with a small pin.

I chose to leave some of the fakey wood showing for the heck of it. I like how it turned out! A cheap, simple temporary TV stand.

Watch for future posts on contact paper solutions!



  1. susan posey
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    An excellent source for unique designs here: http://www.chicshelfpaper.com

    • Posted August 7, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great link – thank you Susan!

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