Since then, I have had to redo them about once a year. It costs less than $10 and takes about 2 hours - not bad! This year, I had to redo the whole thing (usually I just do the flat surfaces, and leave the back splash) because they discontinued the color I was using. So you get to see the process from start to finish. First, a few before pictures...
Why? Just Why?
This side is even worse because of the matching back splash...
So for this project I needed contact paper, scissors, a utility knife and something to smooth out the paper. I use my Pampered Chef Handy Scraper because of the rubber edge, but a piece of stiff cardboard will do the same thing.
First, cut the Contact paper into pieces that are big enough to cover from the back over the front edge of the counter top with plenty of extra (1-2"). Then, starting on one end, peel off the backing and lay the first sheet as straight as possible. If the end of the counter is exposed, make sure you can cover that edge as well. It's a big piece of paper to work with, so I only peel off 6-8" of the backing paper so that it doesn't get stuck together. Use your scraper (or cardboard) to press it into place and remove any bubbles. Start from the middle and work towards the edges.
Slowly peel off the backing paper as you press the paper into place, until the whole sheet is stuck down and bubble free.
Then take your *sharp* utility knife and trim along the edges. Be careful so you don't cut off areas you wanted to cover. On the corners, you will need to cut along the edges so you can overlap the pieces.
Then go on to the next piece. You will want to lay it carefully, and may need to re-position it a couple of times to get it right. You'll want a small overlap, probably less than 1/4". Then continue as you did with the first one until the whole section is covered.
Take extra care around the sink to make sure it fits well. I also do extra overlap because of the extra water that always seems to be on the counter. I don't have many problems with it peeling, but just be extra careful.
So much better looking once its done!
Contact paper will hold up with light to medium use. Always use cutting boards as it can be cut easily, even with dull knives. I find that the surface holds up for about a year (I usually replace it after canning season, which is when it gets the most damaged - I was a little behind this year!) This is only the second time I've done the back splash (It lasted 3 years), and if I hadn't been changing colors I wouldn't have changed it...it easily could have lasted a few more years.
Total cost of project
Contact Paper (2 rolls) $12
Tools Already had
Comment and let me know what you think and also let me know if you try this for yourself!
Grace and love,