Using Contact Paper in the Classroom

7/22/2016 / 2 comments
I love my classroom, but my tables are horrible. I have 3 white circular tables that are so old, any pencil, crayon or marker stains it. Stains it so much that even Magic Eraser can't remove it!

I also have 5 trapezoid tables that are dark brown, and one rectangular table that is a different dark brown.

My first year I just let this go. I was more worried about transitioning from 5th to Kindergarten!

Last year I decided to use contact paper to trick the eye and make consistent. The best part was how much the color I chose warmed up the room.
I went with Golden Oak by Magic Cover. It is incredibly easy to apply (and adjust when need be) and because of the wood grain, the seams don't really show at all!
For the edge of the tables I used 2" electrical tape, it is an easy way to finish them off smoothly.
My sister, Ladybug's Teacher Files, has a great tutorial on  how to apply contact paper:

Overall they held up really well this year. I talked to my students a lot about why I covered them. I showed them pictures of the old tables and they all agreed they liked the new ones better. I had a few kids who picked, but I just patched it up when need be.
The best part of all was how quickly I could clean up each afternoon. My first year it would take about six Lysol wipes, a Magic Eraser and about 5-8 minutes per table. This year? I would be done the whole room in about five minutes!
I found a larger size of the contact paper (18" x 60") rather than the short version I used last year. I think this is going to make setting up my tables a lot easier, and there will be a lot less rolls to manage!
The other place I use contact paper is on my bulletin boards. I like a clean black background for my signs.

My boards were actually painted bright blue underneath. A very cheery color, but not what I was looking for in my classroom.

I was able to staple the contact paper on (it is so much faster that way) wherever there were bulletin boards.

It even worked on the metal space next to my windows!
On the chalkboard, I removed the backing and adhered the paper. It looks so much better than the old green chalkboard!
Have you used contact paper in your room? Let me know how in the comments below!


  1. Hi! I am considering using contact paper on a countertop in my classroom- what has been your experience with removing it? I do not want to leave any residue behind. Thanks!

    1. Hi! Unfortunately it does leave residue but it comes off easily with Lysol wipes and Mr. Clean magic erasers!


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