Thursday, September 13, 2012

REMOVING OLD CONTACT PAPER


Have you ever purchased an old piece of furniture and it had ancient contact paper on the shelves??  It is nearly impossible to get that 'stuff' off.  Or, at least I thought it was.  I picked and pulled and scraped 


 and fussed and cussed and scraped some more..................


 and STILL, I had paper that REFUSED to come off.  Sooooo, what do we do these days?  Go to the Internet, where I Googled 'remove old contact paper'. 


 And, the solution was super simple.  Click below to see how really simple it was.






 A blow dryer??  Yes, that's all ya need.  Just heat a small area at a time, then scrape........and repeat until all is gone.


 Oh, and something to scrape with helps.  I couldn't find anything, so ended up using a butter knife.  Buy, hey, it worked.


 There ya go.  All gone.


 And, believe or not, I scrubbed the entire piece BEFORE these pictures.  It still looks awful, but not for long.  Some homemade chalk paint and new hardware and she'll be a cutie, for sure.


Oh, and I had holes drilled into the back for cords.  I plan to keep this piece and it'll house my microwave, toaster, and who knows what else??

16 comments:

  1. Oh, I can see such potential. Can't wait til your all finished and see your reveal. Isn't the internet great most of the time? I love the simple answer you found.

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    1. Yes, I don't know what we did before internet. 8-)

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  2. use that blow dryer for getting sticky price tags off plastic off frames ect....

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    1. I never even thought to use heat..........till the Google. Thanks.

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  3. Great piece--thanks for the info about using heat to remove the contact paper. :)

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    1. Hi Sandy. Thanks for stopping by. 8-)

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  4. Haha, I knew it'd be a blow dryer because I've done that before!(also I read about it someone's blog)
    I'm waiting for the finished product:)

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    1. She's all painted, but waiting on the new pulls. Thanks for the comment, Sayuri. 8-)

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  5. Cute cabinet Candy, can`t wait to see the end result.
    Anne

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    1. Thanks, Anne. Gotta get some pulls, and then she'll be finished.

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  7. Hi Candy!! Thanks so much for stopping by my first ever linky party at The Rustic Pig! Thanks for the follow.. I'm following you too!! :)
    I can't wait to see what you've done with this piece! I had no idea about the heat to remove contact paper. When I was in college we contact papered EVERYTHING because the dorms were so ugly! I honestly don't remember removing it! Ooops! I'm sure that will come back to haunt me one day!

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  8. Loved reading your profile. So fun! This is a great tip, and that piece of kitchen furniture will look great when done. I can't believe how popular chalk paint has become! Thanks for stopping in at Cranberry Morning and following! I'm very happy you came. Following back.

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  9. Great tip! Thanks for following... I'm following you back :)
    Have a great day!

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