As you can see from the photos below, my worktable had quite a lot of undesirable spills and splatters from previous painting projects. I
Since I had already been cleaning and organizing the workroom, my eyes fell upon my basket of Contact Paper that I use for lining drawers, etc. I had 2 rolls of Granite-look paper from The Dollar Tree that I wasn't using for anything else. The small pattern & texture would also work well in hiding not only the seam when I covered the table, but in case there are any future spills!
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Since the table was already clean of loose debris, I peeled the backing off of the first roll and smoothed it all down, leaving a pretty ample amount overhanging the edges on the front & both short ends. It's not that difficult, just take your time, and it's re-positionable in case you need to move it. Note: one roll wouldn't cover the entire table, which is why I had to overlap.
After the first roll was smooth, I trimmed the corners and made slits to position it around the curved corners of the table. Oh, and an old credit card worked perfectly for sliding the bubbles out.
I overlapped the second roll of contact paper about an inch or so, making sure I had enough overhang to cover the edges.
The bubbles will drive you crazy, so just pierce each one and flatten it with the credit card. There might be quite a few bubbles, just keep running your hand over the contact paper and find all those little buggers.
Then, I repeated the process of trimming the remaining 2 corners.
Of course, since the tabletop is made from plastic, the vinyl contact paper didn't want to hold firmly when I was smoothing the edges under. Naturally, I was not giving up...Painter's tape for the win!
I flipped the table over and taped the edges down, easy-peasy.
Now, tell me that you liked the paint splatters better....no? Okay, me neither.
For just $2, I was able to quickly and easily transform my workroom utility table from paint-splattered to faux granite in just about 20 minutes!
Head on over to The Dollar Tree for some Contact Paper, and see what you can transform!
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