In the 1950s, a company called United Merchants and Manufacturers, Inc. created the first contact paper (called Con-Tact®), which was originally intended to line kitchen cabinets and cover the inside of drawers. Contact paper is not just for lining shelves anymore. This sticky vinyl paper comes in a variety of colours and patterns and can be used in many different ways. Normally sold by the roll, contact paper can be used for both decorative and practical applications.
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Decorate Your Walls
Hanging wallpaper in your home can be an intimidating process. Cleaning the walls, cutting and gluing the wallpaper are things that many homeowners would rather not deal with. Contact paper makes easy work of wallpapering, and because it comes in a variety of styles and patterns, you'll probably be able to find one to match your decor.
Start in one corner of the room and apply the contact paper to your walls in strips, peeling away the backing as you go. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles, and line up the patterns as you apply each new strip for a more seamless look. Contact paper is an especially good wall covering for kids' bedrooms and playrooms because its vinyl surface can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Spruce up an Old Piece of Furniture
If you have a worn-looking old chair, dresser, or filing cabinet that is still sturdy, give it a new life with contact paper. Wipe down the surface of the furniture to remove any dust for more effective adhesion, remove any drawers (if applicable), and carefully cover every surface of the piece with your favourite pattern of contact paper. Your "new" piece of furniture will add an extra punch of colour and style to a room.
Clear contact paper works well for laminating items if you don't have a lamination machine. Children's artwork, photos and posters are just some of the things that you can laminate with clear contact paper. Another idea is to have kids create their own bookmarks with markers and construction paper and laminate them for durability. To laminate with clear contact paper, just place a piece of contact paper carefully over the front and back of the item. Use scissors to trim around the edges if you have too much overlap.
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