Easy Bench Backing for under $5

In the post below, I show you how to paint
clear contact paper to make bench backing;
since then I've recently discovered you can 
buy black contact paper!
I now sell Black Contact Paper for $.70 a foot in my {Store}.

The benefit to using contact paper instead of vinyl
is the black contact paper is not only easier to apply,
but is movable and you can re-position it
a few times before it loses it's stickiness;
whereas vinyl shrivels once you decide to move it. 

Keep reading! 

So as promised,
here is another one of my
contact paper crafts.

My awesome husband made this
bench for me out of some
materials he got from our local DI.
I really wanted a sitting bench
in our entryway, 
but since we live in a split entry level house, 
the entryway is very small. 
(About 10' x 5'.)

The bench was cute, 
but I also wanted a backing on it;
it wasn't going to fit in our entryway 
if I made it much wider.
So using contact paper and paint,
I painted 10 black strips
2 inches wide and then a long strip 
that measured two inches longer than the bench.

Each strip was painted with black acrylic paint twice
and then finshed with a very thin layer of modge podge.
Then I put the strips on the wall, 
each strip two inches apart and dipping behind the bench 2 inches.
Last, I put the longer piece across the top, 
overlapping the vertical strips by about 1/2 an inch.

I'd love to know what you think!
Thanks to all you awesome ladies who leave me comments!
I really appreciate it and love stopping by your own sites.


  1. It looks great! I think it was a genius idea, that I might have to borrow!

  2. What a GENIUS idea Jessica! I would have never known had I not read your explanation of how you did this. Excellent job!

  3. Amazing! You are too smart. I would have never thought to do something like this but it truly looks like the bench has a back. Thank you for sharing your idea with us at Inspiration Friday, we are going to share it on our Facebook page. :)



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