Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Guest Post by Thea at Sweet Tea Refinishing

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Hey there! I'm Thea and I run a sweet little business called Sweet Tea Refinishing!  Im always running into new dilemmas I have to jump in and tackle for this project or that! One dilemma was lining a drawer! 

...sometimes our minds 
make it more complex than it has to be! But,.. Evey invited me to share with you so, we are going talk about my way of lining a drawer!! 
I don't know about you, but personally I just don't like laying liner in the bottom of a drawer. ...getting the cut just right, ...making it lay well, ...making it stay down and not want to flip up during use, ...but it cant be too permanent! What if I want to change it out later!? Oh the stress of it all!   What do I do?! Removable Drawer Liners.  Boom. 

I love how much character you 
can add by doing this. 

Today I am working on a fairly modern End table that I am giving an aged look to.   So I am using an "Old Fashioned" paper to make a liner.  First things first.  What do we need? 

For the method I use we will need the following:
  • Cardboard (Or any stiff board that you want to use.  Often times I use my kids old project boards! Why waste them?!) 
  • Pretty paper, cloth, or whatever you want to use!  In the blue dresser above I had found a table cloth on clearance and just had to use it!
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Regular Glue (Elmers, craft glue, whatever you want to use) 
  • Scissors
  • Straight edge (I use a square) 
  • Utility Knife (Box cutter,  X-acto Knife) 
  • pencil or pen 
  • Measuring Tape

First I measure out the size I will need.
Subtract about a quarter of an inch to allow room for the paper/cloth to fit nicely.

I take those measurements and mark them off on the project board.  I try to place the part of the board that is scored toward the back of the drawer.  Having a scored back allows for easier placement and removal in the end.  If there is none-I make one.  And then I cut it out!

After its cut out I try it in the drawer just to be sure it fits!! No wants to find that out AFTER you're done!  Next we have to get the paper ready to put on the board. So I place the board on the paper and leaving about two inches on each side I cut the paper out.

Next I place glue on the front of the of the board and place it face down on the back of the paper
  or cloth that I am using 

Once I have it centered on the cloth or fabric, I start by tucking the corners in.  Using Hot Glue I glue the corners onto the back side. I also glue the inside little pocket.  This helps everything in later in the


Now we have to fold over the sides and glue those down-
 once again using the hot glue. I find Hot Glue works well here because it bonds instantly.  I don't have to hold it for minutes or more to wait for it to bond. 


I didnt have any ribbon that coordinated well enough so I decided to use some old string.  Taking a rather long piece, I cut it in half several times until I got to the size I wanted.

Then I found the center of the back side of the board.  I laid about an inch of hot glue and pressed one end of the string in.  Once firmed I laid another bead of hot glue over that and placed the other end of the string down creating a loop like you see in the picture 

Last I placed a third bead of glue down  over the top. and allow that to rest for a bit.  Once its begun to harden I press it down to flatten it a bit. (Don't do it too early or you can burn yourself! Yes, Hot Glue is HOT!)

Flip it all over and lay it carefully into the drawer! make sure the "pull" you created is sticking up so you can easily pull it out! 

Simple enough right?? Even if I allow that to set right there for years to come,.. I love seeing that little string telling me-its not permanent.  Ha! 

For more DIY Fun you can find me at 
Sweet Tea Refinishing
Join me as I continue the journey of learning and growing in this DIY World!

Happy Painting Y'all!

1 comment:

  1. Thea,
    Great idea. I just use wrapping paper, but this way is easier. Thanks for sharing.


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