Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jazzing Up Plastic Drawers

This is my vanity:

I use one of those cheap, plastic drawer organizers to hold all of my hair and make-up whatnot. It is pretty ugly but I usually don't mind because I have the fabric skirt to cover it up. 

One day I found this blog post. She covered her drawers with scrapbook paper using mod podge and I wanted to try it on my vanity drawers. I thought... if it ended up not working out then they would still be covered by the fabric skirt, so why not try it out (plus I get to use mod podge for the first time!!).

What you need:
  • Ugly plastic drawers
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors 
  • X-acto knife (if you don't have one scissors would work too)

First clear out your plastic drawers and wipe down the inside. Then measure the front of the drawer to determine what size paper you need. 

My drawers have a curve in them which made this a little more tricky. So I added two inches of height to have more paper to work with.

The curved front of my drawers

Stick your freshly cut scrapbook paper into your drawer, lining the bottom edge of the paper with the bottom of the drawer. Draw the outline of your handle.

Then cut out the outline using your X-acto knife ( I cut slightly larger than what I drew to make sure it would fit). This is probably the trickiest part, so good luck! Then stick your paper back into the drawer and hope that the handle hole lines up.

Apply a layer of mod podge to the bottom part of your drawer, excluding the top part and handle section.

Then line up your paper on the mod podged section and press it on. Smooth out your paper as best as possible (it won't be perfect).

Now apply mod podge to your handle part and smooth the paper on.

Then apply mod podge to the remaining top part and smooth the paper on.

Your drawer handles may have been made differently than mine so you may have to tweak this tutorial to better fit your drawer shape. Play around with how you cut out the handle part and when you add the mod podge.

Cut off the excess paper at the top of your drawer.

Then cover your entire piece of scrapbook paper in a nice layer of mod podge.

I let this dry for about an hour. Then I covered it again and let it dry overnight.

Here is the result:

It isn't perfect, but definitely an improvement. Now you can't see all the stuff I have stashed away in the drawers and they are a bit more stylish! Oh and mod podge is now my new best friend :).

1 comment:

  1. hi stephanie ! i love this idea. i have these in my daughter's playroom to store her plastic play food/plates/etc. this gave me a great idea to find corresponding paper and cover them. it'll hide the junk and help her keep organized (one drawer is for fruit, one for plates, etc.).

    thanks for sharing !

    ~ jackie