Better Budgeting: Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Money Saving Tip of the Month (featured column)
submitted by Miranda Novak of Minnesota 

Kitchen cabinets and chalkboard contact paper

Want to remodel your kitchen cabinets but can’t afford it? Use contact paper. Contact paper is sticky but not so sticky that it can’t be repositioned or removed as needed.

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I am particularly fond of the chalkboard and dry-erase board contact paper because they are thick (i.e. not see-through) and can make your kitchen cabinet doors double as a chalkboard or a dry-erase board in addition to giving them a new look.

I’ve done this on a freestanding cabinet in my kitchen (see photo above) and am slowly working on the rest of the cabinet fronts.

Depending on the style of door you have you can either remove the hardware, cut the paper to size, apply it (use a credit card to squeeze out air bubbles) and put the hardware back on. Or, you can simply put the contact paper on a part of the door to add a nice accent.

It is quicker and cleaner than painting and isn’t as permanent either. If you don’t like it just remove it. If the paper has been there awhile you can always use a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive.

I wouldn’t recommend this on nice wood cabinets but for those of us with steel or wood laminate kitchen cabinets, why not?

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