Makeover Reveals

Applying Contact Paper, A Form of Torture

My pantry is done and it was so much fun, except for one thing. The contact paper…phew…uhmm…let me just say this,  if you are a perfectionist, contact paper is not for you. I highly suggest the cut-a-square grippy stuff and never so much as look at contact paper. After one hour of trying to perfect my first shelf I asked myself this question. ” Does perfection make something more beautiful?”  Well, of course not!  No one was going to see the wrinkles in my contact paper. And as my Mother used to say when I complained about a run in my stockings, “If someone is looking that close, smack ’em!”. So if I were you, I would not mention my wrinkles.

Here is the Before and After. I left the opening at the bottom. I’d like to say it’s because I thought it was rustic, but truthfully with very little DIY skills I didn’t know what to do about it. The only concern I have is the 2 new kittens who are curious about everything. Luckily it doesn’t go anywhere, so if they perchance to explore we can just wait for them to come out.


I started by painting the back wall a cheery yellow. I used Shortbread by Olympic paints in Eggshell.


I then put on a hair shirt  down some contact paper.

Contact Paper

Pulled  up the carpet and all the staples and finished with a white coat of paint for everything else.


 All in all I spent $54 on 2 baskets, a shelf and 2 wire hanging baskets. Everything else I sourced from around the house. Here are a few close ups of the finished project.

stitched 2

One last Tad-ah!


Is it perfect?  Nope.

Is it pretty?  Oh yea!

Is it functional?  It is!

Did I do it mah self?  You betcha!

5 thoughts on “Applying Contact Paper, A Form of Torture”

  1. Hi, I have to thank you for the terrific idea you had for putting a cart on the sloped floor in the closet. I live in an old bank building (1890). I live upstairs and have an antique shop on the ground floor…and I have one closet. On top of the one closet, it has a sloped floor like that. I am so glad I saw your idea. I could put my shoes in something like that! Terrific!

    1. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the wasted slope space. Living above your own antique store, that sounds like a dream come true! Can’t wait to check out your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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