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How to Dress up Your Dresser Drawers

Crafty blogger Dana McCranie provides a tutorial for turning bland drawers into something more snazzy.

I have this old dresser that came to us as a bonus when we bought my daughter’s bedroom furniture from a friend. It arrived on the truck and I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but it is a sturdy old girl so I kept it. For the first year we used it to provide a means of keeping my son out of the kitchen. Recently I realized it fits perfectly in my bathroom and would be ideal for linen storage. It is a little basic, though, so I wanted to snazz it up a bit.

Since I love, love, love scrapbook paper, I have loads of it. I decided I would line the drawers with pretty paper. I realize this project doesn’t provide much in the way of functionality. However it did inspire me to get my towels laundered, folded and put away, and that made every step worth it.


  • Drawers
  • Designer paper of your choice (I chose a pack with coordinating sheets so I could cut and mix and match.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brushes
  • Paper cutter
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Although the measurement of paper will be proportionate to your own drawers, I will provide my measurements just as an example. My drawer measures 27 3/4" x 14 1/2".

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The paper collection I used was "Where the Heart Is" by Zoe Pearn and is distributed by My Mind's Eye.


Step 1: I would recommend cleaning your drawers really well first and then sort your paper. For each drawer, I used two full sheets of one design. Then I used one and a half sheets for the sides and a quarter of another for the mid-section. Once you choose your favorite designs you can start cutting.

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Step 2: I don’t recommend letting your child participate in the cutting process as any little one near a blade is obviously dangerous and a bad idea. However, my son rarely listens to me and tried to help with the cutting. Once I took a photo of him, I took the cutter away and realized the rest of this project is pretty kid friendly and so he helped with the remainder.

Step 3: Your next step will be to lay out your pages before you start gluing. It is kind of like putting a puzzle together.

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My drawers required the following paper dimensions and I worked from the outside inward:

  • Two sheets 12″ x 12″
  • Four strips 12″ x 3″
  • Two strips 4″ x 3″
  • One strip 12″ x 4″
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Step 4: Now let the kid-fun begin and hand your little one a sponge brush and they can start painting on the glue. I poured some onto a paper plate for my son so he wouldn’t tip the bottle over. Once you apply glue to the back of the paper, you can place it in the drawer and as I said before it is best to place the outer border first.

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Step 5: It doesn’t matter how messy your child might get the front of the paper, because you’ll be coating that in glue as well. The more you saturate the paper with glue, the more chance there will be for bubbles and wrinkles. Personally I just see this as adding character, but if you don’t enjoy that you might apply the glue a little more lightly. I would also not advise you to use my son as your glue painter either, if you want it applied lightly.

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Step 6: Once you have your pages placed and glued down, you can start to apply the Mod Podge to the top of the paper. This will create a very nice finish. If you are having trouble with your edges popping up, smoothing the glue across the edges with your fingers will help them lay down.

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Step 7: Once you have glued down your pages and have applied a thin layer of medium to the top, you are ready to go.

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Now that the drawers looks so pretty, I have to come up with a plan for the exterior.

  • Cory

    What a good helper T-Hummus is!

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful idea. I have a lot of scrap book pages that I bought when I first started scrap booking. Now I have some ideas about how to put them to work.

  • prd13

    What a great idea! I especially liked the pics of the adorable assistant!

  • http://modpodgerocksblog.com Mod Podge Amy

    What a cute little project – I love it that the kids got to help!

  • http://www.magiglideuk.co.uk/ magiglides

    This is great way to give a new look for my drawers. I am very sure my kids would love to help me on this.

  • LEA

    Such pretty drawers – not to mention your adorable assistant!

  • Anonymous

    He really is pretty helpful when he wants to be! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Me too! I love my paper so much, but recently decided to stop saving it and start putting it to use!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so very much. I find him to be quite adorable as well, but I am also pretty partial.

  • Anonymous

    My little one loved it. I am still in love with the drawers. Sometimes it is the little things that make such a difference.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Amy. I am always looking for projects that the littles can help with. This one was actually perfect for little hands.

  • Anonymous

    Lea, thank you so much. My favorite thing about this project is that you can totally personalize it as there are so many styles of scrapbook paper out there.