How To Smooth Out Air Bubbles under Contact Paper?

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Q: My rental kitchen cabinets are very old, so I decided to protect and cover them up with wood pattern contact paper. I first cleaned the surface and then cut the contact paper to size. I peeled back the contact paper about 2 inches in width and taped from the top right and left corners. Once I had taped everything in the right place, then I peeled away the backing as my hand swept left and right until the whole area was covered. The problem is, there are still lots of bubbles everywhere. I used a car windshield scraper, but it did not help. Is there better way to do this? Please advise.Sent by Stella

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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