Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lined Drawer Tutorial

You may have noticed that I prefer to line the drawers of my pieces.  I think it adds something special to them {and a little charm, too}.  I thought this would make a great tutorial since many of you have asked about it.

Here's the scoop:

- liner of your choice (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, old book pages, music)
- razor or sharp scissors
- spray adhesive (repositionable)

First, wipe {and vacuum if you are me} the inside of the drawers to remove all dirt and dust.

Next, lay your paper inside the drawer being sure to match the pattern, if applicable.  When you get to an edge, hold the paper firmly in place and crease the paper along the angle of the drawer.

 Use a razor or sharp scissors to cut along the crease.  {There is no possible way to get an attractive shot of your arm in this position!  I tried my best to prevent, what I call, man-arm syndrome but I failed...miserably.}

Continue arranging and cutting the paper until the bottom of each drawer is covered.

Now for the glue.  I use a repositionable spray adhesive.  It allows me time to match the pattern carefully and move the paper, if needed.  {Spray adhesive still dries quickly so be sure to work fast and on one piece of paper at a time.}  I remove all of the pieces and lay them next to the drawer in the same position.  This prevents you from mixing up where the pieces go.  Working with one piece of paper at a time, spray a light coat of the adhesive to the back {wrong} side of the paper.  Immediately lay the piece in the bottom of the drawer and rub firmly to remove any air bubbles and to achieve good adherence.  Remember...spray the paper NOT the drawer or you will ruin the beautiful paint finish you just worked so hard to achieve. {Think glitter. Spray adhesive seems to spread everywhere.}

Continue gluing, matching the pattern and pressing until the bottom of the drawer is covered.  I find that using a busy pattern helps reduce visible seams.  You really can't tell that this was pieced together!

Easy-peasey, right?

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  1. I needed this! I hate painting inside drawers and this will be a great alternative!

  2. i love the liner you chose- it's gorgeous!

  3. Do you seal that paper?

    1. I did not because I wanted it to be removable. However, you could easily apply some clear matte modpodge to seal it!

  4. Awesome! I love that drawer liner. I did a nerd laugh because I totally get what you mean with the man arm picture avoidance. Whenever I am taking pics of myself, I am always bothered by the way my hands and arms look to the lens. =D Glad I'm not the only one!

  5. Anonymous9/19/2014

    Why not just use a bigger sheet of paper?

  6. How smoothly and cleanly does the removing process go with spray adhesive? I want to do this to my rented apartment!