$2 Garage Sale Find Is Transformed with Decorative Contact Paper by Chic Shelf Paper

Today we are featuring a lovely hutch makeover. Our customer, Amy from Michigan, used paint and Nottingham Damask from Chic Shelf Paper for this furniture flip.

Read below for all of the details.

“I line every drawer in the furniture I paint, the devil is in the details and your paper makes a wonderful finishing touch. I love to see people open a drawer and see that pop of color!”  — Amy S


Amy Scanlon Hutch

Hutch Makeover with Nottingham Damask contact paper by Chic Shelf Paper

In Amy’s words:

I found the wall hutch at a garage sale for $2. Thats right 2 bucks!

The original finish was an old ugly dark wood. It had a huge crack on the back of the hutch, so I knew I could not paint it because the crack would show.  I also wanted a subtle design on the back so Chic Shelf Paper was the perfect solution. This piece was screaming for Nottingham Damask.

I cleaned up the piece, cause it was filthy. I painted the hutch with  Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint and painted the drawers in Annie Sloan Old White.

I placed the paper on the back after I measured twice and ordered it to Cut-to-Size. I also lined the drawers with Nottingham Damask for an extra pop. I lightly distressed it with sandpaper and put a coat of wax on for protection.

The hardware came from another garage sale. There was an old dresser that was in horrible shape. It had 6 drawers but 3 of the drawers were missing its hardware. I bought the dresser for the hardware alone. Cost of dresser was $5.

I gave this hutch to my sister as a house-warming present and she loves it! The best part is no one else has it! She uses it to display some black and white pictures, and some other odds and ends.

I love it seeing it at her house!


Amy, we are so impressed with this lovely makeover!

To view all of the Chic Shelf Paper Damask designs, available in contact paper, fabric, and heavy paper for drawer liners, click here.

Stylish IKEA Chair Makeover with Chic Shelf Paper Contact Paper

We’re always excited to see Chic Shelf Paper contact paper in action, and we recently received this photo from our customer, Maureen from Illinois. It’s one of her kitchen chairs that was given a fresh, new look with Chic Shelf Paper.

Maureen tells us that she upgraded a plain IKEA chair with our contact paper (which I think is this Ikea chair here.)

It was painted a solid black base and then the back was covered with Birds & Berries in Laminated Vinyl.

I love how the yellow backdrop with gold, orange, and green, really pops against the black seat. Birds & Berries Chair FB

Thanks to Maureen for sharing the photo and giving all of us another unique idea about how to use Chic Shelf Paper around the home!

File Cabinet Flip with Chic Shelf Paper contact paper


HGTV Magazine takes a dingy file cabinet and transforms it with Chic Shelf Paper.

Turn a flea market find into a fabulous item for your home by taking a
boring, beige file cabinet and stylizing it with gold paint and Chic Shelf Paper’s
Gold Leaf Damask pattern.

This project was created by the HGTV team, and I love the idea of recycling used household items and furniture.

Personalizing the things we use all the time is not only satisfying, but it helps save the landfills too!

Here are the complete instructions:

Materials Needed:

  • screwdriver
  • medium-grit sandpaper
  • all-purpose spray cleaner
  • paintbrush
  • acrylic primer for metal
  • latex paint
  • adhesive shelf paper
  • metal ruler
  • utility knife
  • straight edge (like an old credit card)
  1. Clean and Prep

Remove the cabinet’s hardware. Note how it was assembled so you can put it back on later. Rough up the metal with the sandpaper, then wipe down the cabinet with the cleaner.

  1. Prime and Paint

Prime the cabinet — except the drawer fronts, which you’ll be covering — and let dry.sherwin williams bee wax

Then paint over the areas you primed. We used Bee’s Wax by HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. Let dry.

  1. Add Chic Shelf Paper contact paper

Measure a drawer front and add 3/8″ to each side. Draw measurements on the back of the shelf paper (we used Chic Shelf Paper in Gold Leaf Damask) and cut with the utility knife. Here are some other favorite designs:

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(1st Row): Gold Leaf Damask; Distressed Damask; Cheetah

(2nd Row): Pastel Green Subtle Stripe; In the Navy Polka Dot; Ikat in Light Blue

Unpeel the top of the paper and wrap it around the drawer’s top edge. Slowly unpeel a little more at a time, smoothing the paper over the front of the drawer, first with your hands, then with the straight edge, to eliminate air bubbles.

Make a small cut in each corner of the shelf paper; neatly wrap it over the drawer’s edges. Repeat for the other drawers, then reattach the hardware, puncturing through the paper.

That’s it! Enjoy your file cabinet flip!

If you have an unusual application for Chic Shelf Paper, drop us a line at jenna@chicshelfpaper.com! We would love to showcase it!



Creative Cat Jungle Features Chic Shelf Paper Contact Paper

We love it when we learn about creative uses for Chic Shelf Paper! This one is from Barbra, who created free-roaming cat rooms for the Humane Society in Chattanooga, Tennessee using Chic Shelf Paper.

Don’t our Leopard Skin and Zebra designs suit this project perfectly?

cat jungle


The cat jungle features stairs as well as sleeping cubbies.

Chic Shelf Paper was also used on the window frames to continue the theme. That’s our “Tiger Skin” design!
jungle room windows


Barbra said she chose Chic Shelf Paper contact paper because it was pretty, fit her theme,  is also water- (urine) proof and can be easily cleaned in high cat traffic areas.

Barb created the cubbies from plastic crates at Target that she and her team connected together.

Lucky cats!


Interior Designer Ada Gonzalez Shows How to Add a Chic Shelf Paper POP to Cabinets

Photo courtesy of Ada's Design Inc.

Photo courtesy of Ada’s Design Inc.

Chic Shelf Paper recently had the opportunity to collaborate with interior designer, Ada Gonzalez of Ada’s Design Inc. Ada is a New-York based interior decorator who specializes in economical solutions and has clients throughout the USA.

Ada used Chic Shelf Paper as a backing to transform her client’s Odessa’s dark cabinets in the living room and dining room.

blog photo ada gonzalez blue tiles after

Photo courtesy of Ada’s Design Inc.

In Ada’s words, “When you add a light color background as we did in Odessa’s cabinets, everything in front of it shows up smiling front and center strutting their beauty.” We couldn’t agree more!

Chic Shelf Paper was used in Odessa’s living room media  cabinets  (right) with our Cornflower Blue Tiles design in elegant Fine Weave Fabric. Our Tiles series can be customized with any color; learn more here.

Using Chic Shelf Paper contact paper (Laminated Vinyl) or Fine Weave Fabric as backing in bookcases, cabinets, or built-ins is easy. Ada used our Cut-to-Size  service so installation was super fast. She provided the measurements of her project during the order process and each piece arrived professionally pre-cut — just peel and stick. Our Cut-to-Size service not only saves time, but it can also save money because you only purchase the exact square feet needed. Who doesn’t love that?!

ada gonzalez dining room curio tranformation with Chic Shelf Paper.

Ikat in Lemon makes lovely backdrop on this cabinet. Barware, linens, and accessories really pop! Cabinet photo courtesy of Ada’s Design Inc.

In the dining room curio cabinet (right), Chic Shelf Paper’s contact paper design, Ikat Lemon, added a sunny contrast. The material is our durable Laminated Vinyl, which is twice the thickness of contact paper.

Check out Ada’s blog, where you get the how-to steps, complete with before and after photos.

A special thanks to Ada for her creativity with Chic Shelf Paper and the lovely accessories styling which complemented it so well.














Inspiration to Realization with Chic Shelf Paper contact paper

Our Canadian customers Marcia and Joel are big fans of the Simpsons TV Show. So much so in fact, that they have transformed their kitchen into one Homer and Marge would be proud to call their own. They title it the “Homer Renovation.”


The bright colors and simple design are perfect for the animation style of the TV show, and they make a bold, joyful statement in real life!   They used some solid color Chic Shelf PaperTM rolls and covered select surfaces to match the “real” thing.  We’re impressed about what can be when you set your mind to it.  Excellent job!

The “Homer Renovation” has been picked up by many media outlets: Entertainment Weekly, NBC Today, Good Morning America, not to mention nearly every Canadian media outlet, and soon, the Daily News in the UK.

Globe and Mail Link

Not only do Marcia and Joel have an eye-catching kitchen, they are now internationally famous too!


What can YOU do with Chic Shelf Paper today?

Stylize a Door with Chic Shelf Paper contact paper

DIY blogger Beckie Farrant at Infarrantly Creative blog used our premium Ikat in Dove Gray  contact paper pattern to give a plain cupboard door some style.

Gray is neutral enough to coordinate with most decor styles while adding a pop of color. 

I love this idea! Lots of cabinets and doors have inset panels or raised trim, making it easy to add a design element.

We sell Chic Shelf Paper by the sheet, the roll, or you can get your entire project cut-to-size so you have lots of options.

If you have a creative idea that could feature Chic Shelf Paper, drop Jenna@chicshelfpaper.com a line. We might fund it!

Have a great day!

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Goodwill Hutch Makeover — Wow!

Bethany Devore has a decorating blog we like, Dwellings by Devore. Earlier this year she published a really nice gray hutch makeover  with a piece she sourced from the Goodwill.  She used our Classic Black and White Polka Dot design on Fine Weave Fabric (what we recommend for vertical surfaces).  We think it turned out great!

With more than 400 designs available on high-quality contact paper, fabric, and heavy paper, unleash your creativity! Chic Shelf Paper can be used for far more than just shelves and drawers!



Check out her blog here:


Chic Shelf Paper Stair Riser

Our compliments to customer Ken L in Seattle who executed a wonderful stair riser project. Ken used laminated vinyl with our camouflage stripe to really compliment his decor.



I think this project really pops. The regular spacing on the pattern and the obvious care in installation adds a nice formal look to this space. And the vertical elements leads the eye up creating a lot of interest as to what’s at the top of that stair! The oar/handrail is a really nice touch. Great job Ken!



Stylizing Storage Spaces with Patterns that Coordinate

For an interesting twist on styling your storage spaces, consider using two designs that coordinate.  

This look is works well for:

Kitchen or Pantry: Use one design for cupboards and another for drawers.

Built-ins or Bookcases: Use one design for the back of the bookcase and another on the shelves. Fine Weave Fabric is the right material for vertical surfaces, which must be flat and not textured. In a built-in, alternate designs for chic style.


First Row: Cubism (Mauve) and Aquamarine Second Row: Nottingham Damask and Light Gray Third Row: Mod Plaid and Pool Blue Polka Dot

Linen Closet: Alternative designs on each shelf.

Drawer Liners: Alternate designs in a dresser, or if you’re covering drawers in vanity, use one style for drawers and another for the cupboard portion.

Select one material to use for your project. (Inks print differently on each material.) You’ll also want to order samples to ensure you get the match you want because color interpretation can be subjective.

Last step? Send photos! We would love to showcase your creativity? Send them to Jenna@chicshelfpaper.com.