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How To Update A Countertop Without Spending A Lot Of Money

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Find Your Paper

Home office countertop | How To Update A Countertop Without Spending A Lot Of Money
Home office countertop “Before”

The first step to creating your countertop is to find the paper that you want to use.  Ideally, the paper should be wider and longer than the countertop area that you are covering, including any overhang.  That way you don’t have to worry about matching the pattern or creating a seam.

My first thought was to use wrapping paper.  It comes in a lot of different colors and patterns, and you can order it in 15′ lengths from zazzle.com.  I picked out 3 different patterns and couldn’t decide which one to use so I ordered all of them.

After they were delivered I laid them out on the countertop area and still couldn’t decide which one I like the best.  So I used one of my favorite techniques for narrowing down color choices…took pictures of all three options.  This usually helps me to see the colors and patterns more objectively, so it is easier to make a decision on the best one.

The pink and cream Paris wallpaper option | How To Update A Countertop Without Spending A Lot Of Money
The pink and cream Paris wallpaper option

The first was a pink, cream and black collage of Paris pictures (similar to a traditional decoupage pattern).  The colors were great but the picture did help me to see that the pattern was too busy…I didn’t really want the countertop to be the focal point.

The grey linen Paris wrapping paper option | How To Update A Countertop Without Spending A Lot Of Money
The grey linen Paris wrapping paper option

The second was a black and grey linen-look Paris print which was much more subdued.  But I thought the background was a little more grey than I wanted in this space.

The leopard print wallpaper option | How To Update A Countertop Without Spending A Lot Of Money
The leopard print wallpaper option

The third pattern was a black and white leopard print that repeated the pattern from the curtain material.

After taking the pictures I was able to eliminate the first one, but still couldn’t decide which of the other two was better…I wasn’t really excited about either one of them.

The off white wallpaper option | How To Update A Countertop Without Spending A Lot Of Money
The off white wallpaper option

Finally, I remembered the leftover wallpaper* from my bedroom makeover (stay tuned for a post on that project), which has a beautiful ivory colored wavy stripe on it…and when I laid it out, it was perfect!  The color was exactly the same as the mouldings, it had enough pattern to add some interest but not enough to overwhelm the room, and it was wide enough and long enough to cover the entire countertop…decision made!

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