Name: Jaclyn Location: San Francisco Time: 2 hours prep, 4 hours painting, 4 hours papering Cost: $95 ($65 for paint and supplies, $30 for contact paper)
Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:
Glidden Gripper Primer in grey (1 gallon)
Behr interior latex in 'Herbal Garden' (1 gallon)
Contact paper faux leather liner, black (water resistant and washable)
Blue painter's tape
Paint roller and 1.5 inch brush
4 in. plastic putty knife
Share step-by-step instructions for how you completed the project: The kitchen was the last unpainted room in our apartment. Our wonderful landlord didn't have an issue with the lipstick red paint in the living room, so I went with an equally vibrant apple green in the kitchen. Once the paint was up, our blue-grey counters didn't look so hot -- hence part two of the project, contact papering the countertops!
Part 1: Painting
1. Wipe down existing high gloss white paint, especially around the stovetop and sink area; let dry.
2. Tape moldings, ceiling line, and cabinets.
3. Apply one coat of primer; debate opening window (well-ventilated, but freezing) or leaving it shut (light-headed, but warm). Let dry for 2 hours.
4. Apply latex. Notice that roller is shedding all over the wall. Wipe off entire wall and send extremely patient boyfriend to Home Depot at 9pm for new roller cover.
5. Apply latex again; praise new roller cover.
6. Let dry overnight.
7. Carefully remove tape and touch up any chips.
Part 2: Contact paper counters
1. Wipe countertops with rubbing alcohol to remove any surface oil; let dry completely.
2. Measure countertops, including backsplash. Cut lengths of contact paper to fit.
3. Peel back first five inches of the paper backing on contact paper, and apply, beginning at the backsplash. Smooth out air bubbles with putty knife, pulling off the paper backing as you move down the sheet. Repeat across countertop.
4. For sinks and stovetop, use a putty knife to make a sharp crease against the sides. Then, use an X-acto or hobby knife to cut a clean line around the edge.
5. Run a bead of clear caulking around the sink and stovetop to seal the edges and protect the contact paper from moisture.