Thursday, October 2, 2008

Death to Contact Paper

Why does everything have to be so friggin' hard?

I thought it would be great to have so many kitchen cabinets. That was before I tried to clean the buggers. The finish is so grubby that they require actual scrubbing, and in the twenty years they've been there I don't think anybody has ever removed the drawers and cleaned out the frames. But that's only the half of it.

The issue here is Contact Paper. There are three different patterns. One of them is the normal stuff that peels off. Two are on there with what has to be some kind of industrial glue. And it. is. everywhere.

It took all my strength to get it ripped off of two drawer bottoms, and the sticky residue that was left is just not coming off. I've tried everything I can think of, and none of it has any effect on the goo.

Given that we're planning to replace these somewhere along the way, I think I'm just going to have to buy new paper and stick it on top of the old, worn out stuff. Man, I hate that idea.

No point here, by the way. Just venting.

4 comments:

Rambling Woods said...

That's what I had to do at my former house. I tried ripping it up and all I ended up with was goo that I could not get off. Just cover it up..but I hate the darn stuff...

sallyacious said...

Yep. Covering it is probably your best solution until you replace them. Don't you love all of the discoveries you make about former homeowners and their habits? For instance, our house is a fascinating combination of solid (original) and the cheap fix (previous owners). Guess which bits are proving the hardest to alter...

MyMaracas said...

What possesses people, do you suppose?

We're in the process of painting three bedrooms too. One is chartreuse green, one is hot pink, and one is purple. And we are not talking pastels, either.

sallyacious said...

I just don't know. The people we bought our house from were cheapskates with absolutely no sense of taste. And very few building skills, as near as I can tell, though they certainly didn't let that stop them.

Our master bedroom has one wall in that ghastly brown faux wood panelling from the 1970s. With brown plastic faux wood molding bordering it on three sides. I am afraid to remove it for fear of what is underneath. I'm trying to come up with an alternate fix.