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How to Line Drawers with Paper

Learn how to line drawers with paper and make an old desk look even better! It was simple and a quick DIY project. No chance at a Pinterest fails on this project I promise. The main reason being it is ok if it’s not perfect because it will be covered with stuff!

I found the desk at a local antique store for a steal of $50. I love going to the place and digging around outside. Most people skip the outside section but my sister and I have always had a ton of luck out there! This post does contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase.

I bought castor wheels to add to the bottom of the desk too. It was an old workbench and I needed another inch to sit under it comfortably with my rolling chair!

Keep reading to see how to line drawers super easy with paper!

Why Line Drawers with Paper Explained

You may want to line furniture drawers with wrapping paper (gift wrap whatever you call it) for a couple of reasons. The first being that you are working with a really old piece of furniture and the drawers are kinda dirty or just plain ugly. 

Sometimes when you buy old furniture the drawers are a little beat up inside. You can easily line furniture drawers with gift wrap and they are now much cleaner and way prettier. Making it much cuter when you open the drawers.

A second reason you may want to line your furniture drawers with gift wrap is to protect the drawers. The drawers I show below are sturdy but dirty. But others may need to help make the drawers a bit sturdier with the paper.

The last reason you may want to line furniture drawers with wrapping paper is to make them cute! Which duh is the main reason. The floral print I chose to use is one of my own surface pattern designs so it’s especially prettier to me.

What Type of Paper to Line Drawers With

I chose to use gift wrap (wrapping paper whatever) but you can use other stuff as well. Scrapbooking paper, fabric, and wallpaper will work too!

And guess where you kind find the cutest gift wrap, fabric, and wallpaper at? Spoonflower. Specifically my Spoonflower shop with all of my designs in it. Take a look at some of my designs in the gallery below!

Instructions for Lining Drawers

Before you begin you will need to make sure you have the right supplies to get the job done! You won’t need anything fancy just some simple tools and a few products many of which you may already have on hand. 

For this project, you can use Mod Podge or glue. I used this glue that’s made for the paper so it won’t wrinkle. It basically saves you the step of adding a layer of mod podge on the top if you choose to do it that way.

Supply List:

  • Giftwrap
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife if you have one way easier than using scissors
  • Glue or mod podge
  • Credit card

Step One

Take the paper and cut a working piece that’s a little bit bigger than the area you are covering. 

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Step Two

Glue underneath the paper (or add mod podge).

Step Three

 Take your credit card and smooth out the paper. Make sure there on no wrinkles. 

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Step Four 

Cutaway the extra paper. This is where I wished I had an exacto knife. I lost the one I had a while ago. The scissors worked ok but didn’t cut the straightest lines.

I am not a perfectionist and knew the drawers would be filled with stuff so the fact it’s not perfect does not bug me.

I also added the gift wrap to the sides of the drawers. So when they are pulled out you can see the cute paper on them. 

I followed the same steps as above to add the paper to the sides of the drawers.

All in all the project was super easy and added such a cute touch to my old desk. Next, I might have to try my old dresser! Or the dresser in the girls’ room!

Take a look at my recent blog posts below and comment and let me know if you have ever lined your drawers before and how it turned out.

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