Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thrifty Shelf/Drawer Liner Idea

Summer's end for me means Fall cleaning and organizing time.
I started on the kitchen this morning.

First off the kitchen drawers....

It is probably a little "Martha Stewart" of me...but I like pretty drawer liners.

I have tried all kinds of things...

contac paper....hard to work with, hard to remove and pattern and color choices are really not to my taste!

rubbermaid shelf liner....yucky...but it does make a great non-slip rug backing...cuz you can't see it! have to figure out a way to attach it....more work than I want to do!

Then I discovered that using vinyl pre-pasted wallpaper is the perfect solution for me!
Read on to find out how to do this!

Last week, I found this roll of wallpaper at Goodwill for $1.99....score 1 for me!

I thought the blue and white stripes were pretty and fresh looking.  

I emptied out a drawer and wiped the months of crud out of the corners....where does all that stuff come from?  It shudder to think of all the other little corners of dirt that are around the house....but this is a start!

I measured the drawer and cut a piece of wallpaper to fit exactly....

I use a ruler, tape measure and scissors....

sometimes it makes me laugh when I tell you such obvious things in a post....

 Really...I know that you are smart enough to figure this out yourself!

If you have never used pre-pasted wallpaper you might not know how to "block" the paste...but I bet most of you know this TOO!

What you do is.....get the back of the paper wet....really the paste gets gooey (you can tell that technical terms are my forte).

I just run water from the sink over the back of the paper.

Then fold the paper over itself, right side out and rub it around so the glue spreads over the whole back.

The recommendation is to wait 5 minutes.....but that would take patience....and it really only takes 30 seconds to work....

so do what YOU have to do!

I just "get on with it"!

Unfold the paper.....lay it in the drawer

Use a sponge to smooth it out

Wipe it dry!

Put the stuff back in the drawer....and you are DONE!

I am pretty sure I will be able to do the whole kitchen with this one roll....NICE!
Wish me luck on getting all the drawers done sometime in the next couple of weeks...with my luck it will be more like the next couple of months.....
The nice thing about that is that this project isn't messy and you can do a couple drawers at a time!

I wish you good luck scoring some pretty paper at a thrift store...or maybe you have some leftovers from one of your decorating projects.
You could get all "Martha" yourself and go to the wallpaper store and buy some for full price!
Have a great Labor Day Weekend....don't LABOR too much!

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Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Mary...

Ohhh...I love this tip! There are so many beautiful wallpapers! The design possibilities are endless! Great idea, my friend!

Just taking a little tour around your blog since you joined the Sunday Favorites party! Wanted to let you know that I added your delightful blog to my list of blog follows. It's so very nice to meet you, Mary!

Warmest wishes,

PS...I am doing the same thing at my place. With autumn nearly here, I'm cleaning, organizing, etc. so that I can get my fall decor out!

Just Jaime said...

Great idea and it turned out so well!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

I just came across some wallpaper rolls when I was doing some cleaning. I'm going to try this!

And where does all that crud come from? Seriously.

DeeAnna said...

What a great idea!! I also wonder where all of the crumbs come from?

Unknown said...

Hi Mary, stopping by from the lovely things link party! Such a cute blog! I am now a faithful follower!

Anonymous said...

What an easy and economical way to give your home a little "lift."

I found you on the Alexa Hop, am following you on GFC, and gave your post a "Stumble."

Ladybird Ln said...

What a great thrifty idea, I will have to be on the lookout for wallpaper! Thanks for showing off!


Unknown said...

That is quite the thrifty lining idea! Thanks for sharing this with us on Fancy This Fridays! Have to try it sometime soon for sure!

Amy said...

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Anonymous said...

Great idea and very economical. Question: How to remove it if you want to change it? Thanks.

Sweetwater Style said...

If you use strippable wallpaper, you just wet the corner and it pulls right off....if it doesn't come right off...get it wetter. Then just wash the paste off....or don't and add new wallpaper! I am on my 5th or 6th different paper! Good Luck!

glo said...

I'm doing it this weekend. I was wondering what to use to adhere to the drawer, completley forgetting it's probably a prepasted paper (aren't most nowadays?). thnkas !

glo said...

I also bought my wallpaper at Goodwill for .99 (never been opened and perfect match for my color in kitchen :)

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