How to Cover Cabinets with DIY Removable Wallpaper

Sorry that I’ve been a bit M.I.A. since last week. Tax filing nearly killed me. If you are a small business owner in the U.S., then you know how painful tax time can be (even if you estimated quarterly). Ugh. Glad that is over with for now! Time to get back to the fun part of this business!

Last week, I revealed my craft room makeover and promised that I would break down a few of the DIY projects for you. One of the easiest projects in the room that made a big impact was recovering my plain-jane cabinet doors. Today I want to show you how to cover cabinets with DIY removable “wallpaper”.

Here is what you will need for this project:

how to cover cabinets with wrapping paper

Step 1: Cut your wrapping paper.

Remove all hardware from your cabinet and clean the surface. This project works best on completely flat cabinet surfaces. Measure your cabinet and cut a piece of your wrapping paper large enough to cover the surface of the cabinet. Don’t worry about getting it perfect. Just be sure it’s large enough.

faux bois wrapping paper used as wallpaper

Step 2: Lightly coat the back of your paper with spray adhesive.

Spray your adhesive about 8 inches away from the paper and coat the backing very lightly. You don’t want to saturate the paper. Allow the adhesive to set for a minute or two before applying your paper.

scotch spray mount repositionable adhesive

Step 3: Place your paper over the cabinet and smooth into place.

Position your paper where you want it and smooth out any air-bubbles. It’s okay to leave excess paper on all sides.

How to cover a cabinet using removable DIY wallpaper

Step 4: Cut the excess paper with a utility knife.

Run a sharp utility knife along all four sides of your cabinet using the edges of the cabinet as your guide. You will get a perfect edge using this method.

Sherwin Williams Hopeful pink

When you tire of the paper, you will easily be able to remove it! Some residual glue residue may remain on the cabinet but can be removed with an adhesive remover. I pulled off my paper to test it out and it came off beautifully. The only tricky part of this project is lightly coating your paper. You want a nice even coat that is tacky but not saturated. If you use too much spray adhesive you risk permanently adhering it to your cabinets. Attempt at your own risk and if you are renting be sure to check with your landlord first!

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  1. says

    thank you so much beth for this great tutorial! such a useful technique and i love the gorgeous colors in the room with the wood texture contrast!

  2. Erin @ How to Nest for Less says

    Just beautiful Beth! The whole room is just a dreamy place, but the cabinets really stand out. Great work!

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