When I moved into my house I inherited ugly laminate floors that didn't match anything else in the kitchen. A couple years after I moved in, I did a mini makeover to my kitchen with paint. I painted my countertops, I painted the walls, and I painted the ugly laminate floors! It all worked quite well but with 4 children the floors got scratched and dinged and I needed to find another inexpensive solution for the floors until we can afford our dream kitchen.
Well, contact paper has been one of my best buds for ages so I thought I'd give it a try on the floors. I actually test drove it in the kids bathroom first. I figured if it could stand it in there, that it would work in the kitchen as well.
3 rolls is all my kitchen takes. It's a very small, like a bowling alley! So for about $15 every year or two, I recover my kitchen floor with contact paper. It's very easy to use and very forgiving. You can't really tell where seams are unless you look for them.
Here's how to do it.
Start with a nasty floor. I contact papered this a year or two ago...honestly can't remember. There's adhesive, drywall mud, paint splatters and scuffs that couldn't be cleaned.
At a glance it doesn't look so bad,
but close-up you can see scuffs and scratches.
It had peeled in some of the corners so I took an x-acto knife and cut back far enough to where it was still adhered well.
Like this. You can just cover right over it.
Cut a basic shape of the space you need to fit, then after you peel the paper backing off and smooth it down, go in with the x-acto knife for precision cuts.
My #2 son who is 6 wanted to take pictures of me for blog. Then he said, "What about the reporting part, Mom? Can I do that?" I figured out he wanted to film and talk about what we were doing so here it is! Don't mind the shaky camera. I love his little voice! I can't believe how he knew what I was doing and everything. Too cute!
My little man would love some comments!
Cutting around the toe kicks and oven.
All done! All new and nice and clean...no drywall mud and other nonsense!
I love a new "wood" floor! ;o)
Now that's my kind of makeover!
What random things have you done lately?
Lots o' love,