Okay, so I loved how my fabric lined drawers turned out SO much that I just had to share with you how I accomplished the look!
I mean, why just admire the awesome photos of Pinterest homes when you could live in your own Pinterest worthy home? It really isn't hard as long as you're willing to get creative put in the extra work.
The great thing about lined drawers is that you can go as crazy colorful as you want because they won't always be open...unless you have a tendency to leave drawers open. This is a no judgement zone, but I think it'll be hard to want to shut these drawers!
Okay, let's get to it. Here's what you'll need:
First you'll want to iron your fabric to make sure you have no creases or folds before applying the Mod Podge. Not only do creases look bad and like you've cut a few corners to finish faster, but they can also mess up your measurements by making the fabric seem shorter than it really is.
Next you'll want to make sure your fabric print is face down so that you can mark your cuts on the backside. By doing this, you'll avoid having pencil marks on the side visible if you tend to stray from the cutting lines like I do.
TIP: Measure your drawer twice before making a cut. If you're too short, that fabric cut is ultimately ruined (unless of course you don't mind the shortage).
Lay your fabric in the drawer just as you want it placed when finished. I found it extremely handy to keep the fabric in place by using a binder clip while I attached the fabric to the first side of the drawer.
I would highly recommend working only small areas at a time because the mod podge dries quickly. It's also a lot easier to smooth out any bumps if you can focus on one spot at a time.
With the binder clip still holding your fabric in place, lift the loose flap and apply a layer of mod podge to the drawer. Slowly smooth your fabric onto the drawer side, working out any bumps as you go.
Continue this process all the way around your drawer until you've wrapped every inch you want covered. For this project, I wanted the beautiful pop of color to be seen on both the inside and outside of the drawers.
Let the drawers dry for about 2 hours and then apply a layer of mod podge to the fabric, giving it a hardened finish.
Let dry overnight for the best results.
There ya have it! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial enough to try it on your own piece of furniture. Please be sure to share photos, questions, or just say 'hi' in the comments below!
Happy Tuesday friends!
It's a rainy day here in St. Louis, but you know what they say...'if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes'.
Truth be told, I've been waiting since about 6am for the rain to stop. But of course it couldn't end before my morning commute to work. Is it just in St. Louis, or do people everywhere act like they've never seen rain before? Baffles me every time.
When we got home from work yesterday, Dane and I photographed our latest project so that I could get a post ready for later this week, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you!! I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but TOOT TOOT!! Haha. It just turned out so much better than I imagined!
If you remember from my last post, this cute little desk first belonged to Dane and then his sister Katie. They got it from old family friends, Polly and Phurman, who were like another set of grandparents to them. I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them, but my inner old lady (her name is Elanore) told me that Polly probably liked florals like we do, so when I saw the bright colors of this fabric at Joann's, I just had to.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let's just go back a smidge. I really want you to see what this desk looked like before it's makeover. The transformation really is pretty amazing!
Right?? Although I'm sure it was quite the looker in it's prime, the red just wasn't working anymore. As you can see in the photo, the top had been well used. So we carefully removed the top, stripped it of it's old stain, and applied a new stain to give it a nice new look in a color that worked better with what we were envisioning.
The body of the desk was a piece of cake. Well, the painting process was anyway. I easily spent 20 minutes at Lowe's examining their gray options. Grays are so tricky! They're either too blue, too green, too purple, too beige, you get it. But finally I landed on this beauty, Valspar's Urban Sunrise. It's so pretty and looks great next to the fabric I found! Using our HomeRight spray gun, we had the first coat of paint on in under 5 minutes! I really don't know how I functioned before my spray gun.
Next was the fun part (for me anyway)! I had been drooling over lined drawers for quite some time now, but never had the right application for it. When this desk was offered to us to fix up, I just had to jump at the opportunity. The process of lining the drawers was SO easy!! The best part about it is instant gratification. I'm a little impatient and can't (or won't) wait for results, so the fact that I could see the fabric attached right away was good for me.
I'd love to see you tackle your own fabric lined drawers, so I'm going to be posting a 'how-to' post later this week. You'll be so glad you did...promise! It's a great way to create a little pop of color without seriously committing to the bright colors in your space. While Dane loves bright colors, he doesn't love bright flowers as much as I do, so keeping the pattern hidden until opened is a great compromise for us (also a fun surprise each time a drawer is opened), and your friends and family will think you're a rock star designer for thinking outside the box. ;) Do it!
Thanks for stopping by! -We'll chat soon. :)
We hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did!
We spent time with family, took the dogs for a walk, learned how to do yoga (thanks Ash!), found homes for the hall tree and night stands we JUST posted for sale, and even managed to get a few chores done! It was probably the most productive weekend we've had in a while.
I had been wanting to try yoga for awhile, but could never find any good YouTube videos of beginner sessions. We did find one video we thought sounded promising about a year ago, called Yoga for Beginners...or something like that. All was going well until they went to handstand positions. ..I'm sorry, what?! You want me to do what?! Hard pass. I mean, I couldn't do it even if I tried. I have ZERO upper body strength. I can't even do a cartwheel.
So when my sister came into town after her yoga class Saturday afternoon, I was dying for her to teach me a few moves! So Dane and I headed over to my parent's house early Sunday morning for breakfast and a yoga lesson.
Two things I dislike about today's experience:
I'm guilty of being one of those girls who has 5-6 pairs of yoga pants but does not do yoga. I bought my first pair to run in...but turns out I don't like running anymore either. :)
Amongst all of the awesomeness this past weekend, we also managed to get our hands on a few more projects. This desk was first used by Dane, and then his sister Katie, so it’s special. I know whatever I do to it has to be just as special. It needs a fun feature or something!
I’ve been inspired lately by lined drawers, but with these drawers being so deep, I’ll have to do more than just the bottom. I’m thinking of lining the interior and exterior sides of the drawers as well so that you don’t miss the pattern when items are in the drawers.
Here are just a few of the inspiration photos I’ve been digging lately.
I cannot wait to get started on this project! Be sure to check back for updates on our progress!
Have any of you lined drawers with fun paper or fabric before? I'd love to see your end products in the comments below! :)
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Life, Entrepreneurial, and Home Bloggers based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Follow along in the diary of our lives, as they started on Dresden Avenue.