Hello! I’ve had some requests in the past for more information on applying contact paper to tables and/or desks. Because you all know I’m nuts about covering my tables!! I’ve been doing it for years and it completely transforms the classroom–especially if you have older, mismatching tables.
After years of blue, then shades of blue, then black, I finally found this gray textured-looking paper last year and fell in love. It makes my old wooden tables look so matchy and new! And it really brightens up the whole room.
So I tried to put together a few photos and a VERY small video to explain more. My bff-teacher-sister Melissa helped me. Since she’s the one who does this. As in ALL of my tables and my lone two desks, while I frantically hot glue everything in the room, ha!
The first step my sister does is to line the contact paper up on the table…leaving some excess hanging off of the edge, like so:
(This is to keep it from falling off and rolling back up at you when applying)
The actual putting-on of the paper is probably best shown in video, so we have a little one for you here:
After that (and some intermittent moments of swearing) the edges are tucked under and taped off with electrical tape. We have found that the wider electrical tape works best, with just a bit showing towards the top (so the kids don’t pull at it) and most of it tucked underneath…
(My grandfather (rest his soul) loved to use Scotch tape–anything could be fixed with it. I think that’s where I got my obsession with contact paper and electrical tape.)
Anyhow, that’s the bulk of what my poor sis did today. I love her! What would we do without our precious family members that we drag to our classrooms??
I was a busy girl too, I swear. I must have burned myself 93,000 times on the glue gun (another obsession) and hung up a bunch of signs and borders around the room and set up some of the library…here’s a little proof that I did some work too:
I have more to show you, but that will have to wait until tomorrow, I am TIRED! Thanks for reading (and watching!) my friends. 🙂