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Contact Paper Picks to Cover Ugly Cabinets

Published on NewsOK Published: January 8, 2013

I love my apartment. It's not perfect, but I love it. The building is well-managed; the floors are hardwood; there is plenty of light.

My kitchen, though, needs some love. Yes, my kitchen is functional. The tile contractor that the landlord hired did a good job installing the kitchen floor. The plumbing (mostly) is hassle free; I've only had to call a New York City plumber in once. Despite all that I have to be grateful for, I have some of the ugliest cabinets you can imagine, which is a bummer since it is otherwise a great kitchen.

The cabinets are functional, but the doors are ugly. It's a rental, so I am hesitant to spend money to replace the cabinet doors. If a whole bunch of pretty cabinet doors just fell in my lap, I would install them and paint them. However, that hasn't happened. The cabinet facing is white laminate, which is peeling and stained. It has chipped in some places, and the fiberboard or whatever is under it shows through. The cabinet doors are heinous.

Since you can't really paint over plastic laminate, I'm thinking of covering the cabinet doors in contact paper. Remember contact paper? I went looking for cool contact paper, and I found it. If you want to know where to find hip-looking contact paper, then here you go!

1. DesignYour Design Your Wall has the best selection of funky and interesting contact paper that I found. They stock self-adhesive vinyl (vinyl is my material of choice because the contact paper will have to withstand water, since it is in the kitchen) contact paper in 89 (!) different styles. Their basket weave patterns are particularly realistic looking, and would add a rustic appeal to my plastic kitchen cabinets. I also really like their weaved grass contact paper, which you'd swear was the real thing.

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