Anyone who shops IKEA knows that they have great deals on furniture and home items!
We’ve had the same
Melltorp Ikea table for more than 10 years and it’s still going strong. We started out using it as an office table, then a dining table and now as the kitchen/breakfast table. Find a variety of contact paper
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I have thought about replacing the tabletop with wood for a while or just purchasing a new tabletop from IKEA but, where is the time and money for that?
So I have decided to transform it by covering it with contact paper, aka, adhesive shelf liner.
One thing to note is that even though this product is marketed as PAPER, it’s actually made of vinyl, which means it’s very durable and can be cleaned like any non-porous surface.
Here is a photo of the table before it was covered………
Then the work began:
Every roll of contact paper comes with a backing. When the backing is removed, it exposes the adhesive side of the paper.
I started applying the contact paper with about an inch and half over the edge. This allowance will be folded over the side of the table as shown in the photo below.
I cut a slit in the corner as shown above and tucked the flap down first to create a clean look around the corners.
The first side of the table is now completed. On to the other side.
Here, I tried to match up the pattern first. I was close to a perfect match here but it got a little tricky when I started applying the paper. However, there’s nothing to be afraid of. The contact paper is very versatile and you can reposition it as many times as needed.
Here is the photo of the table after……
I really loved how the table turned out. I’ve been wanting to work on this project for a while and I’m so happy I finally did it! It has also held up so nicely, with the kids using it three times a day for the past month.
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