When I was setting up my new office, I had this image of the IKEA Expedit (the one with the cubby holes) in red against my wall. I really really wanted a red Expedit, but I knew this wasn’t going to happen. Since IKEA furniture is made of particleboard, it’s not very easy to stain or paint without a lot of prep work, and even then sometimes it doesn’t work out.
For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to cover every piece of the Expedit in contact paper before I built it. In theory, this was a great idea because it looked good once I was finished. In actuality, the cost and time might not be worth it for some people.
Warning: This project got expensive and took upwards of 8 hours. It may not be worth it to most people, but I was following a dream.
I ended up buying two rolls of 18″ x 49.5′ red contact paper from DesignYourWall.com. They have tons of really cool papers, but I really just wanted red. Once it came in the mail, I spent hours and hours covering each piece of my 4×4 Expedit with contact paper. I got really good at the smoothing technique, and it ended up looking really nice. Jon helped me put the piece together, and now I have a red Expedit in my office.
I did use over a roll, but I still had about 2/3s left of the second roll. I proceeded to cover the “pantry” aka media center we got off of Craigslist in the same color. It has a nice, wipeable surface that hasn’t scratched up at all in the year since I took on this crazy project.