Contact Paper Projects, diy

How to Transform Plain Books into Decorative Elements with Contact Paper | DIY

There so many ways books can be used to add dimension to a flat surface, but have you ever thought about using it to add color to your decor? Books are definitely a versatile element to add to your decor. It could be used to raise other objects up to a certain height or used for a layered effect.

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The books here bring a layered effect to the coffee table. From allkindsoflovelyblog

You probably already have books laying around your house that you’ve never read or opened. Don’t throw them out! Make them purposeful by using them for decor with contact paper. The contact paper route is very easy because you don’t have to buy books to complement your current decor color scheme. Any book can be covered with your choice of contact paper color and print. It’s as easy as peel and stick!

I have covered several books and the results are always fantastic! Scroll down….

DIY DECORATIVE BOOKS
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Using contact paper to cover books. Budget-friendly Home Decor Ideas
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Using contact paper to cover books. Budget-friendly Home Decor Ideas
DIY DECORATIVE BOXES

I have also used contact paper to cover up boxes. This project is as easy as covering a book. It might be easier to cover a small box however so you can you one big piece of contact paper for the box and one for the lid.

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This decorative shoe box storage box ended up being used as my nail polish storage on my nightstand shelf. 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Grab some contact paper here and cover up some books and boxes!

Until next time!

Abs

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DIY Nightstand Makeover

Being a book lover means I have to have a book around me wherever I go. I usually carry a book in my bag with me when out and about or at work. I might not get a chance to read it but it’s comforting to know that I can just whip it out when I get a few minutes to myself, which rarely happens. This is why my ideal nightstand is practically a book shelf! I scooped this baby up at my favorite thrift store, Savers, for $6.99. It was sturdy enough to be used as a nightstand even though it was made of particle wood boards in a light oak color. The coolest thing about it was that it was built on caster wheels for mobility.

On the weekend following the purchase, I set out to transform this new addition to my collection. I sanded it first and then stained it with a red oak stain by MINWAX. This project almost turned into an epic fail because I did not completely wipe off the stain every time I applied a coat. I left it to dry for over two weeks and I still ended up with a sticky nightstand/bookself. Wood staining amateur problems….. *shakes head*.

After spending sometime researching the issue, I found out I could apply another coat to loosen up the sticky surface and then wipe it again. Completely! This idea ended up being a life saver. Who knew? After 24 hours, I ended up with a nice clean semi red oak surface, which wasn’t a surprise to me being that I was staining particle wood and not real wood. What I did was more like painting the surface because the particle wood did not absorb the stain. Nevertheless, I was satisfied with this simple DIY nightstand.

To dress it up and add some color, I used some adhesive shelf liner aka contact paper to line the top surface and bottom shelf. I had several prints in my stash but I chose a gray and white Chevron print to compliment the gray, blue, navy, turquoise color scheme of mi cuatro.



Also featured in these photos are my DIY fabric-covered lamp shade, DIY rope vase  and contact paper covered boxes.

This was such a simple project. Find a piece a furniture and make your own nightstand. Happy DIYing!