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So, I am at it again, jumping from one area to another! I have been working on updating and giving areas in my office and living room mini makeovers. After I finished my craft desk, I felt my desk area was lacking in both style and inspiration. I did not have a budget to do a complete overhaul, but I NEEDED to do something. I was looking on Amazon for some shelf liners for inside my craft cabinets, since I tend to have paint spill A LOT! Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! Why not cover my desk in contact paper? They come in so many colors and patterns, and if I get sick of it, I can easily change it out! I fell in love with this one from Laura Ashley.
From far off you can see some wear and tear around the edges, which for a desk that has been through multiple moves and is about 6 years old, it isn’t too bad. But the fact that the desktop was covered in dings and scratches was driving me crazy!
So, as soon as my contact paper arrived in the mail, I went all out! I knew because of the depth of my desk that I would have to do two rows to cover it. After giving it a good cleaning and sanding some of the bumpy areas smooth I started at the front corner and measured out how long I would need to cut each piece. I was sure to account for the front edge so that it would wrap around it.
After all of my measurements and cuts were made, I started at the front corner and peeled away just a little of the contact paper and applied it. Using a straight edge, I smoothed out bubbles as I pulled the backing off of the contact paper.
But, I felt like it needed MORE! So I decided to cover the drawer as well to give a more finished look! All I did for that was remove the pull and measure, cut and apply the contact paper over the front of the drawer and than put the pull back! I also decided to cover the edge of my shelf just because the shelf was boring.
This took less than 30 minutes to complete and I love the way it turned out. To give my office area a little pizzaz, I picked up some cute frames from the dollar store and created some collage photos of the kiddos using Picmonkey. I simply created them and printed them out on my printer.
To hold my markers, pens and scissors I just took some old soup cans that I had been saving and modge podge them with scrapbook paper!