In this project, I am making a small desk for my daughter. She tends to be very rough on furniture, so I want a solution that will be inexpensive but will also last a while. Luckily, up in the attic, there are a number of old kitchen cabinets as pictured below. If I squint my eyes a little, and dim the light, I can already see a desk, can't you? Be warned - this is no heirloom piece, but as a six year old, my daughter is convinced I'm a genius.
Step 1: Clean the cabinet
This is the easiest step. Simply take a damp towel and some Dollar Store cleaner (thanks Jolene!) and wipe the cabinet clean, inside and out.
Step 2: AAAGH!! CONTAC PAPER!!! MUST REMOVE!!
As you can see, the inside of this cabinet is coated with a horrific, 1951 floral print. Being as horrible as it is, it must come off.
Step 3: Scrape Contac Paper off of shelves
Using a razor blade, being very careful, begin to remove the Contac Paper. Starting in a corner.
Step 4: Try to get the Contac Paper off in large pieces
Contac Paper is fairly easy to remove, but it will definitely save you time to remove it in as large pieces as you can. Peel slowly, and be patient. Now is a good time for some music. Go ahead and keep the lights dimmed too, and possibly sip some champagne.
Step 5: Carefully replace Contac Paper once daughter begins to cry because she likes the flowers
Step 6: Paint the outside of the cabinet
I chose some old paint from a wall project we did upstairs, because it's a nice color and my daughter likes it. I did not remove the doors initially, because I am lazy, but changed my mind later. I was thinking the contrast of the already-white doors against the blue would look nicer. When I put the doors back on, I put them on upside down, so the pull knobs would be near the top instead of near the floor when the desk is in use.