Are you wondering, “Do contact paper countertops hold up?” Today, we’re looking at my DIY contact paper countertops three year update.
DO CONTACT PAPER COUNTERTOPS HOLD UP – THREE YEAR UPDATE
It’s always a (fun) challenge to figure out how to add your own style to a rental home, apartment, or even a dorm. At MWA, I’ve added a board-and-batten-like accent wall, painted my living area in an afternoon, and I’m currently adding the finishing touches to my modern coastal bathroom makeover with several temporary updates.
If you are new to My Wee Abode, one of my favorite temporary upgrades to my tiny loft apartment are the adhesive vinyl countertops in my kitchen.
Can you believe in September it will be three years since I first covered my ugly laminate countertops?
Well, since then, I’ve had quite a few people ask, “Do contact paper countertops hold up?” “How are your countertops working out?” “Would you use adhesive vinyl for your kitchen counters again?”
Well, today I’m going to give you a three year update on my DIY cheap countertops with contact paper!
DIY Cheap Contact Paper Countertops – The Bad
First, let’s talk about “the bad”.
There have only been two things that have happened that I’m not happy with since using the adhesive vinyl on my counters. Both were mistakes on my part that YOU can do differently!
When Seams Separate
The first ‘issue’ is that there is a VERY small separation where two of the pieces meet on the counter.
This only happened at this seam because I didn’t overlap the pieces. I butted them up against each other and with weather changes (I assume), it has created a minuscule parting of the seam.
However, where I did a tiny overlap of the pieces on the left of the counter, there has been no issue and it still looks lovely.
What I Would Do Next Time:
I’m actually thinking of replacing the piece on the right and placing a new piece slightly over the piece near the sink. (Just like I did on the ‘sink seam’.) But, there’s another reason I’m thinking of replacing it as well…
Too Much Heat Makes for Brittle Contact Paper
The second snafu I had with the faux marble countertops was that the corner has gotten a bit brittle and a couple of little chips have appeared. I don’t even know how or when this happened.
However, I know that I heated and reheated (with a hairdryer) the adhesive vinyl in this area. When you heat the vinyl, it becomes pliable and shapes and forms to the corner. I think I just did it too often.
The interesting thing is… chips and cracks can happen with regular laminate, too… However, you can’t replace a piece of laminate, like you can replace a sheet of vinyl. 😉
What I Would Do Next Time:
Next time, I would definitely be sure to heat the vinyl maybe two to three times at the most… I probably did it about 5 or 6 times! But now, YOU won’t make the same mistake. And this is ANOTHER reason for replacing the one piece of contact paper in the near future.
DIY Cheap Contact Paper Countertops – The Good
There are so many good reasons to use durable adhesive vinyl on countertops in a kitchen… or even a bathroom.
These are all pictures of my countertops from today.
The seam near the sink that I overlapped has done well, and still looks the same as it did the day I installed it. Here’s the seam behind the sink.
The caulked edges around the sink have done GREAT! No mold, cracks, or stains!
The countertops clean-up just like laminate. And to prove it, this is my coffee cubby. Coffee splatters here on a regular basis, and sometimes I don’t see the splashes for a couple days. But it has NEVER stained, and clean-up is a breeze!
And here is the counter area with the separated seam. It still looks wonderful, and every aspect of my counter tops that are covered with heavy-duty contact paper are holding up wonderfully! They are easy to install, durable, replace-able, and easy to clean.
A tile-mason friend of mine saw the seam and said, “There are granite counters that have seams that look like that, too!” Not sure if that’s true, but it was kind of him to say it! 🙂
The adhesive vinyl finish has stood the test of time, as well! The matte finish looks the same as the day I bought it!
Here are a couple more photos of my cheap kitchen countertops, almost three years after installing them.
If you read my post for finding your signature home fragrance, you can see that my rose diffuser is going strong… and isn’t the saturated color lovely???
I hope this update has been helpful, and maybe it will confirm that using durable adhesive vinyl on your countertops is a good option for your home!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below and, of course, let me know if you plan on using this affordable countertop option in your abode!