Contact Paper Dresser Update

Everyone loves Ikea furniture, right? Ok, maybe not everyone. But, I think most would agree Ikea has decent furniture and household items for great prices. At the same time though, most of the furniture is pretty plain and very simplistic. I’m not complaining, I love the functionality of the pieces in my home, but the design is just a little boring.

Since we’d had our previous bedroom furniture for about ten years, my husband and I decided it was time for an update. And after exhaustive searches at furniture stores we decided it best to just get a few separate pieces rather than a full bedroom set. It was also much more affordable to do it this way. We needed a dresser, and a closet since our bedroom moved to what used to be the living room. Who buys a full bedroom set nowadays anyway?

So, what’s my point? You can buy something plain and give it some pizazz! How do you do that? Well, there are many options i.e. paint, stencils, fabric to name a few. But I am using the easiest method, in my opinion, contact paper.

Here is the furniture before…

-I love the dark tone, but it is very stark and a little too masculine.

When using contact paper there are only 2 steps to take.

1.       Measure the surface to be covered

2.       Cut and apply

But, since I’ve used contact paper many times I’ve learned a couple of tricks to make it easier to apply. Because although it’s a short process it can get frustrating if you try to rush it.

This is the contact paper I used.

-I have had this for a few years and don’t even remember where I bought it, but it was the perfect subtle pop of color.

I didn’t need to measure the top of the dresser because the width of the contact paper was almost exactly the width of the dresser. I did however take measurements for the closet, which you’ll see later.

- when applying, remove the paper backing very slowly and use a straight edge to smooth each section (this prevents air bubbles from forming)
- use wax paper between the contact paper and straight edge when smoothing to prevent rubbing the design off the contact paper

- use a sharp blade to trim edges

For the closet, I measured for the inner squares on the door and cut each into two pieces (on the diagonal)

-I only needed two squares to get this geometric look I wanted

After I had finished applying the contact paper, I tied the whole look together by spray painting the dresser knobs

-I used a white primer, then a gold metallic paint

- when painting knobs, make holes in a piece of foam board (or cardboard) and secure the knobs to the board with the screws on the other side

And here is the result.

This cost me nothing to do because I had the contact paper and the spray paint. But, if you were to buy these supplies the total cost (for the paper and paint) would be less than $10 depending on the size roll of paper and brand of paint. Now I have furniture that is customized to my space. And if one day I wake up and don’t like it anymore, I can just peel the contact paper off! Let me know what you think. Have you used contact paper around your home for something other than shelves? Check out my Diy storage box.

Thanks, and God bless!

Living Simply,


DIY Diversion Storage

Hi there! I'm sure you've probably seen those diversion safes (books, cans, secret drawers, etc.) made to look like everyday items, for hiding valuables. But what if you just want to hide that video game system that is sitting on your TV stand but doesn't quite work with your décor?

My husband recently traded in an Xbox One system for a PlayStation 4, and while the new system has a slimmer profile, I didn't want it on the living room TV stand. So, instead of settling for moving it to the bedroom, I decided to cover it. This was a fun, easy project that took minutes to create and is easily customizable to fit in any space.

Project Goals:

1.     Cover up video game system

2.     Add to décor

Step 1: Gather supplies. I used this black and white floral print contact paper (from Dollar Tree) and a shoe box that is slightly larger than the game system (my box was the perfect size).

Step 2: Measure and cut contact paper to fit the box, then cover the box and lid. Here I cut one long strip that wrapped around the box. I placed the box upside down over the game system. I didn’t cover the bottom because it would not be seen.


Step 3: Cut an opening for the wires. This makes it so we can easily lift the box and move it when we need to access the game system.

And voila! It looks like a decorative storage box. It's pretty on its own, or it can be layered with other decorative pieces.  


This only took about a half hour to create, and the cost was just $1 for the contact paper! I had the other supplies on hand.

Next week I will have completed part 1 of my laundry room organization project, in which you’ll see how I’m repurposing the coat/shoe rack from my front entryway. Thanks for stopping by, and God Bless!

Live Simply,

Mindy 💮