Do you like the look of lined drawers? Do you wish there was a truly easy way to line drawers? You know, without accidentally wrapping yourself in the sticky paper? Self adhesive paper can be a real bear to work with and regular paper often won’t stay put.
Good news! I have found a super easy way to create beautifully lined drawers that won’t have you pulling your hair out! Better yet, they are easy to remove, should you ever want to change them.
That is a big plus for me. We have some older cabinets in our house that were still sporting the ugly 70’s stuff, you know, cutesy orange mushroom and kitchen utensil patterns? Back then they apparently used super glue to apply them to the drawer bottoms, because they were nearly impossible to scrape out. When I did manage to peel them off, part of the original drawer bottom came up as well. Not a nice look!
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Okay, let’s get started. This is what you’ll need:
- adhesive shelf liner paper (I used leftover marble paper from this table makeover)
- measuring tape
- poster board (the cardboard type) – I bought a cheap multi pack at Walmart
- spray adhesive – if using non-adhesive paper
You can use leftover gift wrap or regular smooth paper for this project. I would only suggest it for areas you don’t plan to wipe down, like dresser or desk drawers. I actually did that as part of my recent dresser makeover project. If you choose regular paper, you will also need a spray adhesive. When working with spray adhesive, be sure to do so in a well ventilated area.
I opted for poster board, because it is cheap, sturdy, readily available and comes in large sizes.
It’s really pretty straight forward. Measure the inside dimensions of each drawer, subtract about 1/8″ (2-3 mm) on each side to allow for the extra bulk added by the paper. You want the final result to fit well enough so it is easy to remove. It shouldn’t be so tight that the liner will buckle.
It never hurts to do a “dry fit” inside the drawer before you cover the card board.
Have several drawers the same size? No need to measure over and over. This method makes lining several of them a snap. Added bonus: you can easily do this sitting down at your table:)
Cutting is a snap, thanks to the grid lines found on nearly all adhesive shelf liners these days. You’ll cut the poster board according to the measurements above.
When cutting the liner, allow about 1″ (3 cm) extra on each side like so.
I have found it easiest to place the cardboard piece about an inch above the adhesive shelf liner – sticky side facing up. Make sure you have about 1 inch extra all the way around. Then drop the poster board gently into place. Run your hand over the top of the poster board to smooth it out and make sure there are no bubbles (I didn’t have an issue with that).
∗If using regular paper, spray the back side of the paper evenly with the adhesive.
Next cut each corner in a straight line like this:
Fold over each side piece, making sure they are well adhered. Flip over. You are done!
Here are the last couple of steps:
For a beautiful final result!
See? How easy was that? Now I smile every time I open a drawer!
This drawer is actually from one of the original kitchen cabinets in our house! Doesn’t it look great all gussied up? The adhesive shelf liner is a snap to keep clean and thanks to this simple method, I can change them out whenever fancy strikes.
If covered on both sides, these liners would make fantastic “refrigerator coasters”!
Be sure to pin for later!
I hope you’ll give this quick and easy method for lining shelves a try! Do share pictures if you do!
Have a happy and productive weekend!
Keep It Simple!