Because the condo owner doesn't seem to care too much about this apartment, it hasn't really been updated in... forever. The kitchen is tiny and old and sort of ewwy, but we're used to it. Still, the counters bugged me when we first moved in, so I covered them with contact paper. A year later, the contact paper was looking less than fresh, so I redid it. It sounds super ghetto because it is. BUT. If you live in an apartment with gross countertops, and you don't mind taking a few hours to work on a project that cost next to nothing, you should try this. Warning: it does leave sticky stuff on your counters, so you'll have to use a lot of goo-gone and elbow grease to get the stuff off when you move. Still, the end result is surprisingly great.
I got blue faux-granite contact paper from the Dollar Tree. Yep. This entire project cost me about $6.
Look at how terrible your counters are. Complain, and pout.
|Doesn't look that bad until you look closely and realize that people have used the counter as a cutting board for years and years and years. Apparently wood cutting boards are just too posh for some people.|
|Mmmmm, old, stained, AND cracked!!|
|The old countertops compared to the new contact paper countertops|
|Our cast of characters (or tools, whatevs): some sort of stiff card (credit, library, whatever), an X-acto knife, scissors|
|What it looks like when it's done|
Just like regular countertops, contact paper does stain. You can try to get the stain off or you can just peel it off and put down more paper. If it's a big enough area, you can try covering it will additional paper; if you have lighter stuff than the blue above, you'll see the overlap, though, so be warned.
This is how it looks with the appliances in their proper places:
|You look good, super ghetto Dollar Tree countertops.|
The whole kitchen (we have terrible light in our apartment, my apologies):
|I think the light blue brightens the place off, and shows off the gross faux-wood laminate cabinets. Seriously, how freaking small is this kitchen? That's the ENTIRE THING.|
So that's my tip of the day. Nasty countertops can easily be covered with contact paper for super cheap. Just takes time, patience, an X-acto knife, scissors, and a library card, and you're done. Easy-peasy. Seems to last for a year if you're careful with it.