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Be creative with contact paper

Self-adhesive vinyl, or Contact paper as it is also known, has been around for ages. Self-adhesive vinyl is a fun and affordable way to revamp or makeover furniture with a new, trendy look that is all the rage.


Take this Patchwork Dresser from West Elm, which isn't available for shipping to SA but retails at around R10,600. It's so easy to create this look with self-adhesive vinyl in a choice of wood grains.

Your local Builders Warehouse stocks a selection of contact papers in different designs that are quick and easy to use. Simply cut out the required shape, peel away and fold over one edge of the backing, placing over the surface to be covered and gently peel away the remaining backing - working from one side to the other side and using your hand to smooth out any air bubbles.

How about this idea that uses self-adhesive contact paper in a wood grain finish to dress up plain candles. Simply cut out your design, peel off the backing and stick onto a candle.





Remember the bedroom storage unit above that we featured way back when. A quick and easy way to add some personal flair to plain cabinets. Simply draw your design onto the back of a piece of vinyl, cut it out and stick it on.

Give new life to an old chair with a light sanding to remove paint or varnish and then apply clear self-adhesive paper to cover the area not to be painted. Then spray on two coats of Rust-Oleum UltraCover 2X white in satin or gloss.

Self-adhesive vinyl is a fun way to add detail to a plain coffee or side table. And when you want a change you can simply peel it off and stick on another design.

Caravans can be decorated in drab colours, but you can easily use self-adhesive vinyl to brighten up surfaces in fresh patterns and colour.

If the landlord won't allow you to paint the walls in a rental home, you can use self-adhesive vinyl to add detail. Silver or gold metallic contact paper won't stick forever and can be easily removed, while still allowing you to make the house into a home.

And now you can add chalkboard finishes to your home or accessories with self-adhesive chalkboard. Use regular chalk and then easily wipe off with a damp cloth. The vinyl has a sticky back, that adheres to a clean smooth surface of your choice.

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