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Used to be when I thought of contact paper I thought of the faded, grungy stuff that was yellowing around the edges and seemingly permanently adhered to the kitchen drawers of my college apartment. (Which in and of itself was a thing of beauty, let me tell ya.) But now? Now when I think of contact paper I think colorful, cool and totally hip. Talk about a 180! The thing is, contact paper now comes in more colors and patterns than ever before, many of which are quite fashionable. Applied to the back of your kitchen cabinets or gracing the front of an old refrigerator as a spray of polka dots, contact paper is now far more cool than drool. (Do you see what I did there? Yup.) Need a little inspiration before you’re convinced? Click through for 10 ways to decorate with contact paper the cool kid way!

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    10 Ways to Decorate with Contact Paper

    Click through for 10 fun DIY ideas using contact paper to give your decor a little kick!

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    DIY Contact Paper Toekick

    I love the idea of using metallic gold contact paper and colorful washi tape to pimp out your toekick! That oft forgotten strip at the bottom of your cabinets can use a little love, too, and here the look is fun and playful without totally stealing the show.
    Get the how-to at Style By Emily Henderson | Photo by Zeke Ruelas

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    Glass Cabinets Backed with Contact Paper

    I've always loved pretty glass fronted cabinets, but here the look is even lovelier with the addition of a great patterned contact paper. This would be great for a china cabinet or hutch, too!
    Get the details at Sew Much Ado

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    IKEA Desk Hack with Contact Paper

    Turning a basic white IKEA desk from ho-hum to completely awesome, I love the mod look this wood grain contact paper lends to an otherwise forgettable piece of furniture.
    Get the how-to at Happy Mundane

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    DIY Schoolhouse Fan

    Dreamed up to mimic the look of a much pricier schoolhouse inspired ceiling fan, I love how a bit of paint and wood grain contact paper have completely transformed this ceiling fan into a real gem!
    Get the how-to at Almost Makes Perfect

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    DIY Frosted Glass Door

    Adding some much needed privacy to a back door without sacrificing the natural light, I love how a pattern of frosted-look contact paper appliques completely transforms this glass door.
    Get the how-to at Fifteen Minute Plan

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    Wood Grain Contact Paper as Wallpaper

    Seriously, using contact paper was wallpaper is not something I'd have ever thought of doing, but the end result is so fun! One accent wall covered in wood grain contact paper makes this whole living room shine.
    Get the details at Moorea Seal

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    Polka Dot Walls Using Contact Paper

    I'm crazy about polka dots and metallic gold. You know this. So a big splash of polka dots made from contact paper stuck to an otherwise blank wall make me happy. I love this!
    Get the how-to at The Homes I Have Made

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    DIY Contact Paper Bunting

    Perfectly charming for parties or strung along the wall above a little girl's bed, this contact paper bunting is as easy as cutting and folding it over a piece of twine. So sweet!
    Get the how-to at The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Hank + Hunt

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    Contact Paper Polka Dots Dress Up an Old Fridge

    Going a long way toward hiding the fact that this old fridge is certainly not the youngest or best looking of the bunch, this flurry of gold polka dots made from contact paper is a genius solution!
    Get the how-to at At Home In Love

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    DIY Faux Marble Table

    Another fun IKEA hack using contact paper, this simple white table got a chic makeover with the addition of a faux marble tabletop! I love how it gives this table a whole lot of style without breaking the bank.
    Get the how-to at Poppytalk

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