Monday, November 2, 2009

Plastic Drawer Makeover

I had this little plastic organizer on my desk. My MIL didn't need it anymore and it was destined for Goodwill but I thought it would be useful for organzing receipts and other small papers. It ranked a little low on the cute factor though.

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My trusty assistant and I decided to do a quick and easy project to make those drawers a little more pretty and to hide all the misc. papers that get stuffed in those little drawers.

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I gathered up a few scrapbook paper scraps to see which one looked the best. I decided to use the paper left over from my wall plaque makeover. I roughly measured the size of the drawer fronts and cut the paper to size. I decided it would be easier to attach the paper to the inside of the drawers instead of the outside because of the handles.
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It was a little challenging to get the paper to fit right because of the curved shape of the drawers. I cut a slit in each piece of paper to fit around the inside of the drawer handles. I used some clear scrapbooking glue to stick the paper on. I used glue all around the edges and around the handles. The glue dried clear and I can't even really see it once it was dry. I had to hold the paper in place for a few minutes against the inside of the drawers though to get it to stick and match the contour of the plastic.
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After a little cutting and glue magic, here's how they look now:
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I may go back and paint the drawer knobs later, but for now it looks much more cheerful on my desk and I don't have to look at those messy piles of papers anymore. Plus the whole project was free for me!


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35 comments:

  1. Much cuter with the pretty paper. :) Way to dress up a blah office product! I like the pattern. Stopping by from Kimba's party. :)

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  2. Very cute! The organizer and the assistant. :)

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  3. Cute!
    We use the same organizer for my daughters hair bows and brushes. Might have to cute it up!

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  4. I have a couple of those plastic organizers - and love what you did! I'm thinking there's going to be a lot of bloggers doing this one!
    Great idea!

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  5. I agree with Terry...I'm looking at my plastic, sloppy looking, organizer wondering why I didn't think of that. Good Job!

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  6. This turned out really cute! I have so many of these little containers I used in my craft room and I love the fact that I could make mine cute too! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. Very nice! This is a great way to make something utilitarian into something beautiful. Love your assistant, BTW.

    ...Connie

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  8. I will be recreating your project this afternoon! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. What a great project. Love your assistant. :)

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  10. Cute! So easy and a great improvement. What does your assistant think?

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  11. how cute! i think i have the same mini drawers in my house somewhere. maybe I'll dress them up the same way.

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  12. Great idea! Looks cute, too:)

    tamera@doubledelight

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  13. MIL here...why didn't you think of this before I gave it to you? :) Very cute!

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  14. something so simple, yet so sweet. lOVE THOSE organizer plastic drawers, love even more what you did to spruce it up. Thanks for your visit too!

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  15. Awww, cute! I can't believe what magic a little scrapbook paper can do!

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  16. this is such a brilliant idea!

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  17. Wow, it makes it look so different to just add that little bit of scrapbook paper. It goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of time or money for big impact. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. That is amazing the difference a little pretty scrapbook paper can make! It looks great. Such a clever idea!

    Thanks for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment!

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  19. It looks so much better! I have that same organizer, so you know what I'm going to be doing now. :)

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  20. Back again...Just wanted to stop by and let you know that the November Decorating Dilemmas Party goes up tonight at 10 pm (ET) and will be up all day tomorrow. There will be another Giveaway for participants too. :) Hope you can stop by again!

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  21. Great job. My daughter did something similar with a larger plastic container. Makes them look so much better. I am following you now. Love your ideas.

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  22. i love the punch that the paper adds!

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  23. very cute! I love the look. I should do something like that for my kitchen-it would be a great organizing help!

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  24. What a great idea! I have a number of these in various places in my house. I will have to try this!

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  25. Way, Way, WAY cuter than the before~ nice job! Deborah

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  26. So cute and simple! I had to scroll back up to see if it was the same piece, thanks for sharing.

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  27. Wow! I never thought to do that, but it's an amazing result!!

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  28. I have this exact same drawer set - now I must borrow your idea and transform it!

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  29. I just googled "ugly plastic drawers" because I couldn't stand looking at all the stuff crammed into my plastic drawer organizer...and your suggestions came up. Totally brilliant. Thank you for making my living room look so much better!

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