When I recently revealed my roadside-restyle, many of you commented on the inside drawer detail as well as the painted finish. What I’ve learned from restyling furniture over the past few years, is that many times it’s the extra attention to detail that can really make a piece stand out!
An easy way to add pattern and color to painted furniture is to use decorative paper as drawer liners. It creates a wonderful element of surprise. And if chosen properly, the color and pattern can really compliment a piece and add a special fun-factor every time you open a drawer.
I like to use gift wrap for my drawer liners. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and comes in amazing colors and patterns. It’s also super easy to install and equally easy to replace and/or cover-up if you ever get bored.
Other options for lining drawers that work equally well -
Wallpaper :: Fabric :: Maps :: Sheet Music :: Scrap Book Paper :: Placemats
Some unconventional drawer liners that you can use are patterned shower curtains, fabric from vintage drapes or table clothes or old prints from frames you can buy at the thrift store… the choices are endless if you use your imagination!
Lining a drawer with any of the above materials is not hard, but here’s the easiest way I’ve found to line my drawers. I get the perfect cut and fit every time – and no measuring is required!
Step #1 - You will need your drawer, decorative paper, scissors, straight edge and craft blade or sharp blade utility knife.
Step #2 - Cut your paper a few inches larger than your drawer.
Step #3 - Place the liner in the drawer and butt the papers straight along the front or back of the inside of the drawer. Then use both hands to flatten the paper while using your fingers to fit the paper to the other 3 sides. Once it’s in place, create a crease right along the edges using the tips of your fingers or finger nails. This method works the very best for light to medium weight papers that can be creased.
Step #4 - Take a straight edge and place it tight against the edge of the drawer while cutting the liner. Cut around the inside of the drawer until all sides are cut to perfection. If your blade is sharp and you hold your straight edge right along the crease, your blade will cut right under where the 2 pieces of wood meet! Perfect!
Step #5 - Adhere the paper with spray adhesive or double sided tape. This step is optional. If the paper is cut to fit the drawer exactly, it will stay in place and lay perfectly flat.
Whether you line your drawers or not is a personal choice. It’s certainly not necessary but I find it can really add some unexpected personality to a piece. Some added benefits for lining (or painting a drawer) is it covers up ugly splotches and unsightly stains… and when selling furniture or restyling for your own use… cleaner and prettier is always better!
You can check out my Classic French Lined Dresser here and stay tuned for the complete before and after of this charming vintage sunshine dresser!
Who else loves lining drawers? Do you have a favorite place to buy pretty paper or liners? Have you ever used an unconventional material to line your drawers? I love all your comments, questions and suggestions so keep ‘em coming!
Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!
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