Should I Use Faux Wood Contact Paper on Shelves?

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Q: I'm in the process of redoing my kitchen and would like to buy the CB2 Helix bookcase (larger photo below) to use as a modern bakers rack. The size is perfect for the small, narrow space in the kitchen; however the dark espresso wood doesn't go with the honey colored maple cabinets. I was thinking about using faux wood contact paper to cover the shelves so that they match the cabinets.

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I've read about people doing this on Apartment Therapy and other sites, but I'd like to know a) if this is a bad, time consuming idea and b) instructions on how to create seamless edges and corners on the shelf. It would be grand if you could feature this, so I can get input from others.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.