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DIY Project: Use Contact Paper to Fake Multiple Wood Texture

updated May 10, 2019
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Not all media centers start off looking rad. Sometimes you need to get creative with that MDF unit and make it look a little less like college dorm furniture. Using contact paper can be a great way to bring some depth to that medium-density fiberboard…

Using different colors of woodgrain contact paper you can cut lengths of it to make your particleboard cabinet look like it has layers of different fine wood built into it.

For Design*Sponge, Derek and Lauren used two colors of woodgrain sticky paper to update their IKEA credenza.

Here are their instructions; they used walnut and ultra honey oak contact paper:

1. Measure the fronts of your credenza or cabinet doors and using the 1-inch grid printed on the back of your contact paper as a guide, cut out strips of varying thicknesses that are the same length as the doors.
2. Peel and stick the strips onto the doors.
3. Laugh at how easy it is to make something look way fancier than it is.[via Design*Sponge]

You can also get crafty with the ever expanding category of vinyl decals. Etsy has tons of interesting patterns that could spruce up a boring cabinet.

We’re particularly digging this design, which would look nice on a solid color desk or cabinet.

Photo: top, Design*Sponge; bottom, ellynelly