Thursday, June 23, 2011

What to Line Dresser or Bureau Drawers With

Dresser or bureau drawers are often those long forgotten spaces in decorating, left to vanquish under piles of rumpled clothing. The bottom and even sides of dresser or bureau drawers can be made to look beautiful and can even complement the design theme of your bedroom. Not only does lining dresser drawers beautify them, the lining helps to prevent damage to your clothing such as snagging, discoloration and even nasty smells. Consider the following options when it comes time to line your dresser or bureau drawers.
Line them with fabric. Fabric is an easy option for lining dresser drawers. Use fabric that already has a place in your bedroom such as pillows or the bedspread or curtains. Take any excess fabric or remnants you may have and cut to fit the bottom portion of your dresser drawer. Apply some fabric glue to the bottom of the drawer and smooth the fabric to the bottom, smoothing away any wrinkles you encounter. Allow to dry before placing clothing back in the drawer. You may also line the sides of the drawer if you like by cutting out smaller sections of fabric.
Wallpaper makes an ideal dresser drawer liner. Many times, wallpaper is pre-pasted with wallpaper paste. Just wet the back of the wallpaper with a small amount of water on a sponge and apply the paper to the bottom and sides of the drawer if desired. This is a great way to use up any leftover wallpaper you may have. Do each drawer with different wallpaper for a unique look. If you don't have any leftover wallpaper, check with decorating studios or home stores, and ask if you can purchase old wallpaper sample books; the sample pages in the book are the perfect size for all different kinds of craft projects.
Old maps or pages from an old atlas make great dresser drawer liners. Cut to size and apply a good quality glue to the back of the map, and adhere to the bottom of the drawer. Smooth away any wrinkles, and allow to dry completely before placing clothing back in the drawer.
Good old contact paper has come a long way from it's origins. Today, contact paper comes in a variety of designs that blend in well with contemporary living. Most contact paper has a built in adhesive, and a paper backing that pulls away. Measure and cut the contact paper to suit your needs, peel off the paper backing and apply to the drawer. The advantage to contact paper is that you don't have to wait for the adhesive to dry, once you apply it, your are ready to go.

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