How To Line a Drawer {Tutorial}

Recently, I decided to line the drawers in my dresser makeover project. Here's a quick tutorial on how I lined my dresser drawers using contact paper.

{Step One:  Make Measurements}
These measurements can be real ones or fake ones.  Real measurements include actually using a measuring tape and cutting the contact paper to size according to those readings.  Fake measurements involve placing the contact paper to the drawer and folding along the edges and cutting out the crease marks.  I'll admit this - I used the fake measurements, but when I do this, I "measure" along the outside of the drawer intentionally so that the contact paper will be a little longer than the inside measurements.  You'll see why later.

{Step Two: Cut the Contact Paper and Adhere to the Sides of the Drawers}
By measuring according to the outside edges of the drawer, the contact paper overlaps past the corners of the drawer.  I like this because when all four sides are done, the contact paper forms smooth corners.  No gaps.

{Step Three: Attach hardware.}
If you run your fingers alongside the drawer that the hardware will be affixed to, you can feel the hole.  If you're brave, poke a hole through the contact paper with a sharp object.  Then screw the hardware back into place.  If you're nervous, then poke a sharp object from the front side of the drawer.  Where the impression is made on the contact paper side, poke the hole there.

{Step Four:  Line the Bottom of the Drawer.}
How?  Well, you can either take actual measurements or take the roll of contact paper and lay it inside the drawer, again folding alongside the edges.  Then cut it out and make adjustments if necessary.  What I like for this piece is for the bottom piece to be cut slightly smaller than the drawer.  In other words, when you lay the paper down, it lies smoothly with no edges that will fold up on the sides of the drawers.  That is the reason why I wanted the sides to be longer.

The good thing is this:  Once this process is done, the paper backing from the contact paper can be used as a template for the remaining drawers.  So no more real or fake measuring.  :-)

In the end, you'll have a piece like this:

I apologize for not having a real 'technical' approach to lining drawers, but surprisingly, although I'm very particular about accuracy and such (blame the math-lover in me), I opted for a less technical version.  Hope it helps!

Happy Crafting,

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  1. Libby you are tooooooo goood!

  2. What a great decision to do this to the dresser Libby! It makes it just that much more gorgeous. It's a pretty little surprise every time you open a drawer.

  3. I am totally doing this to my kitchen! Thanx Libby!

  4. Great tutorial! I know my mil would LOVE for me to learn this, lol! I have to try this some time and scare her! :)

  5. It helps A LOT! I wouldn't have thought about making sides longer or poking holes for attaching hardware -- I would have linned the drawer without taking out them. This tutorial goes to my favourites. Thank you very much!

  6. I love the look of the lined drawer! This is definately a project I would like to do for my dresser drawers. :)

  7. It is amazing how much prettier a drawer looks when it is lined with great paper! Nice job!

  8. Such a pretty idea! It's all in the details!

  9. Ugh, so pretty- what a nice tip! I have to admit I am NEVER able to do this well. To the extent that I just don't do it anymore =P If you have a minute, I'd love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday -

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