A Hand-Carved Kitchen Cabinet Design... From Contact Paper!

Kitchen Inspiration

Rental kitchens are notorious for crummy cabinets, and there's little to be done if your landlord doesn't allow permanent changes. However, if you're artistically inclined, take a cue from set designer Jen Chu, featured in Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces. She covered her kitchen cabinets in white contact paper, traced a stencil of a woodland scene, and then painstakingly carved it out with an X-acto knife. Amazing! See more photos below:

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It's not permanent, either—just peel it off when it comes time to move. (Oh, but I think my heart would break if I had to get rid of it after all that work. Don't you?)

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(Images: James Franco | Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces)