Tips for the DIY Vinyl Contact Paper Desk Wrap

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You may have seen this DIY floating around the internet for quite some time now. Basically, it gives your existing table, countertop, desk, or whatever a fresh new vibe and feel! It gives you a great backdrop for your planner or makeup flat lays. It's the marble vinyl contact paper DIY or you can even do it in any other style, it doesn't have to be marble patterned. Mainly, most people, including myself, go for the marble vinyl contact paper. Whichever you choose there are a few things you should be aware of if you're considering this DIY. Read on to learn more.

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This DIY is not for the faint of heart.

Disclaimer: if you think this is going to be an easy or quick DIY going in, stop. It's not. 

Disclaimer part 2: if you have recently sustained a sprained wrist or are healing from one, I also suggest against this. This did a number to my wrist, but I didn’t give a fuck since I was working with a PT (physical therapist) to strengthen it anyway so it wouldn’t hurt me while doing mundane things.

Anywho, let's talk about this DIY and product, shall we? 

Don’t attempt this DIY unless you really have to

I was in the middle of renovating my room and workspace when I decided to do this DIY. And honestly would recommend anyone if you find a desk in store that you like instead, buy it. Because this DIY is not for the faint of heart. I can’t repeat that enough!! 

Unfortunately, I've had my desk for 14 years, and with its size and the bells and whistles that it has, I couldn't find anything even remotely close to what I wanted. Therefore, I decided to opt for this DIY.

Get your measurements & then buy twice more rolls than you’ll think you need.

Originally, when I measured my desk I figured I'd only need 3 rolls. I was wrong. Because of how many times I screwed up, I needed 5 rolls to fully wrap my desk. Thankful that there's a thing called prime! 

My Desk Measurements 

31.5" length x2
22" width

Keyboard top:
27" length x2
12" width

Visible back panel:
29" length
9" width

20" width
28.5" length x2

Everything else:
20" width x3
28.5" length x5

Any previous experience or practice will be helpful

Yes, the vinyl is sticky, but that's awesome because it means it won't lift easily or go anywhere! Yes, it does roll. If you have previous expertise in wrapping textbooks with clear contact paper, you know this is nothing new. Even with figuring out how to make corner folds, I would suggest looking into how people do cover textbooks with clear contact paper because I just did the same method.

Prep your space & DIY

I fully suggest sanding down your area, wiping it down with alcohol like Everclear, and getting some proper tools. I had gotten a set from Amazon that had a squeegee with felt on it. If you don't want to, I suggest wrapping a ruler around some kind of not-so-thick fabric. Using a plain credit card or squeegee will scratch your surface! But I suggest the set because for $5-6 you'll get 3 different squeegees, an Exacto knife with an extra blade, a paper cutter, and measuring tape. All of which you need to make this DIY easier on you.

If you're working on just a simple table or desktop, this DIY won't be too hard but it won't be perfect.

Disclaimer: if you're a perfectionist or detail-oriented, this DIY is not for you. There will be so many imperfections that you just have to see past. You will have to accept "good enough."

the vinyl desk wrap will never be perfect, but from far away you can't tell

That being said, if you're working on a countertop or anything with cutouts or wrapping a desk or whatever, this is going to be difficult and it'll take time! It took me a full day plus half a day to finish the rest. I'm glad I stuck with it and finished it, but I’D NEVER DO IT AGAIN!

Also, if you don't have a second pair of hands to help you with this DIY, get heavy objects and have them near you. Luckily, I had some power tools laying around. The vinyl will want to roll.

What I did step by step 

  1. Measure with the tape measure, the width, and length that you need of the object you’re trying to wrap. Always measure more than once! ALWAYS! You can never be too sure. 
  2. Spread out your vinyl
  3. Use 2-3 heavy objects to flatten it on a surface. 
  4. Measure out on the back of the vinyl what your measurements were. Mark them in pencil. 
  5. Use a ruler or something flat to connect the lines. 
  6. Cut out the lines.
  7. Start in one corner, slowly. Trying to do too much at once will result in screwups or wasting material.
before and after vinyl contact paper desk wrap as well as room redo

Last Tips

Use scrap material in areas that aren't visible to the naked eye. What i mean is, I have plenty of scrap material towards the back of the legs of my desk because it's not like I or someone else are going to be up close and personal to it. They won’t be able to see it, so I used scraps in areas people can’t see. From far away it looks great, but when you get up close you can notice it's made of many pieces. This way you don't waste what you have leftover. 

use scraps where you can, don't waste vinyl contact paper

I also suggest practicing on items you don't care too much about. 

In the end, you’ll find what works best for you. As I said, this DIY is not for the faint of heart. I found what worked for me best, to get things to go on smoothly, but that happened towards the end after ALL the screwups I had. I did settle for "good enough." As a perfectionist, I had to let go of that expectation early on. It's not possible. I repeat it’s not possible! 

It came out great nonetheless, but it's far from perfect. If you want perfection, go to the store and buy something instead.

finished product is great! i love it, but i'd never do a vinyl contact paper wrap ever the fuck again!

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