More Fun with Contact Paper

More Fun with Contact Paper

Abby Stone
Feb 8, 2012

Yesterday, Ali shared Jonathan Lo's, of Happy Mundane fame, trick with contact paper that transformed a generic Ikea desk from "ho hum" to "oh wow". He worked similar magic on the ENTERI shelving unit with similar "swear it was a mid-century modern piece" results. If you need a little inspiration for your own contact paper adventures, we've rounded up a little inspiration for you!

Jonathan's ENETRI transformation: Black paint covers the formerly silver support structure, wood grain contact paper covers the top of the shelves (no need to cover them on both sides since only one side will be seen). For the full set of instructions, click here.
Mock up an inlay: Maude used this technique on her walls to create a graphic finish but you can also try this technique on furniture, on a smaller scale, to create the look of complex inlay.
Create the look of multiple wood texture: This look was all over ICFF last year and it promises to only gain in importance. While one of these pieces can be very expensive, a few rolls of contact paper in varying types of wood grains can give you a similar look for pennies.
Go Moorish: Shoestring Pavillion covered a typical boxy white fridge with a Pottery Barn-inspired Moorish tile pattern. Follow her lead to cover an armoire, chest of drawers, bookcase or even a floor.
Cover a shade: Plain shades get a boost with a little contact paper for a whimsical and modern look.

Hardware stores, Target, Home Depot and Lowe's all carry basic contact papers, usually in woodgrain, mirror finish, white and a limited assortment of small patterns and basic colors. For something more complex, check out the offerings at DesignYourWalls.

(Image 1: Jonathan Lo/Happy Mundane, Other images as linked above.)

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