Contact paper is commonly used as a drawer liner in kitchen and bath applications, but now faux metal versions of this familiar paper are available. The trend in kitchen appliances is stainless steel. Most people replace appliances only when they break and sometimes this will result in mismatched appliances. For the budget conscious homeowner, transforming and updating an appliance with contact paper makes sense. But you'll find other creative uses for the paper as well.
Contact paper is named contact because it has an adhesive backing. The paper may be made of vinyl or some blendi of paper and vinyl. Different brands have different features and compositions. In general, the exposed side of contact paper can have a pattern such as floral or faux marble, or, it can look quite similar to metal.
The most important thing to consider when applying a contact paper is that the surface you are covering must be very clean, free of grease and dry. Anything trapped under the paper will be visible as a bump. The adhesive on stainless steel contact paper tends to be more sticky than the adhesive on other types of contact paper. Once it sticks to what you are covering, you may not be able to reposition the paper. You have to use a somewhat flexible plastic applicator or a roller to smooth your sheet as you are applying it. The applicators are those you might use when applying wallpaper. You will also need a fresh-bladed sharp knife for making really clean cuts. Work the paper carefully so that your application doesn't leave marks or creases.
Stainless steel contact paper can be applied to any appliance that doesn't get hotter than the paper's thermal rating. This usually means you cannot use it on your range but you might be able to use it on your microwave oven. It can be used on the panel of your dishwasher and some manufacturers sell wider and taller pieces specifically designed for application on a refrigerator.
Using Stainless Steel Contact Paper
If you have an exposed garbage can with clean lines (not plastic) you can transform it with contact paper. One very inventive use of this paper is to remove the small cabinets over your range vent/hood and build an attractive box over your hood using a heavy cardboard tube extending from the top of your range hood to the ceiling. By covering the new faux hood and the tube you will create a range hood that looks like an expensive stainless steel custom piece. This paper can be used on exposed shelves but remember that areas that are used a lot are likely to peel or show wear more quickly. It is best to use this product where it can be seen but isn't touched a lot.
Stainless steel contact paper can be used on cabinets, canisters, furniture, pillars, curtain rods, and for many craft applications. It can be used to resurface the top of a table that is damaged. Straight-lined furniture painted espresso or black with stainless steel accents can instantly update a room. Utilize other metal-finish contact papers such as copper and bronze to mix metals, the only limit is the imagination.
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