A trip to Archiver's, some quick cutting out of squares and rectangles and here we are! Finally happy with the patches (I had just taped them up to make sure I liked the arrangement). I dreaded getting out the mod-podge. Don't get me wrong- I love mod podge, but it is a bit tricky to use just enough but not too much so there are no bubbles.
Then I had the epiphany! Contact paper!!!! YES! What could go wrong with cheap, sticky plastic?!?!?!!
And you know what- it worked! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. It is pretty and colorful and protected and washable!! The best part is that it took not even a third of the roll of $5.99 contact paper- and maybe 45 minutes.
But look at this picture- something is not quite right...the microwave- it is too bare....soooooo
Here is the 10 minute project part that I think made a big difference....
I decided to cover the sides of the microwave with the patches- it was SO easy and SO fast and it is so cute [in my very humble opinion] that I had to share it with you!!!!! All I did was cut a piece of contact paper and laid it on the counter (sticky side up of course :) then I laid down scraps of paper- added a few rings of masking tape so the middle would not bubble out.....
.....then slapped it onto the microwave!
Probably about 75% of my readers may feel that sticking cheap plastic all over your kitchen is tacky....but I will admit- I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!
I will say that if you try this at home- you can slightly see the seams, etc- and that is why it worked with all of the colorful patches- you don't even notice the few seams and edges. (and don't forget to rub it all down after with a spatula or other hard plastic tool so that the contact paper sticks evenly everywhere.
Here are a few other 10 minute makeover ideas:
*Paint a tray, tape on some pictures, nail a hole in the top and hang on the wall (add a few button magnets if you want)
*Did I mention getting a $2 plate from Target and hanging it on the wall?
So what do you think? Do you like the patchy back splash- or too tacky for you?