Whenever I start a piece of furniture, I spend a good bit of time planning its design. I start with the exterior and work on paint colors and knobs, but the design is never complete until I have picked a paper to line the drawers. There is just something about opening up the drawer and seeing a beautiful paper staring back at you that makes everything good in the furniture world! Details are so important, and today on Before & After Basics, I will show you how to execute this very important part of furniture design. — Barb
- craft knife
- double-sided mounting tape
- Murphy Oil Wood Cleaner
1. Make sure that your drawer is nice and clean. Vacuum out the entire drawer and then spray down with wood cleaner and wipe. The wood cleaner has a really nice citrus smell and works like a charm!
2. Roll wallpaper across the top of the drawer to get a loose measurement and cut piece according to drawer size. This does not have to be exact because you are going to get it exact in a bit. I like to keep the straight edge of the wallpaper as my guide for the front of the drawer and then trim down the back and sides.
3. Press the wallpaper inside the drawer, lining your straight edge up with the front of the drawer and creasing the sides and back where you are going to cut.
4. Take your ruler and press tightly against the sides, but leave just enough room to slide your knife between the ruler and the side of the drawer. Make sure that your craft knife is super sharp and has a fresh blade. If not, it will leave you with a jagged paper mess and will really tick you off!
5. Once all of the sides are trimmed, cut four squares of double-sided mounting tape and place them in each of the four corners to hold your paper in place. If you would like to make your paper more permanent, you can use Mod Podge and apply the paper directly to the drawer.
Step back, take it all in and enjoy what a beautiful paper can do to a tired-out old drawer!
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!