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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Plastic Drawer Mini-facelift

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133 comments:

  1. Hi I am a new follower and I am looking forward to reading your blog. I need to do that to my plastic drawers. Have a great day!
    http://thisnthatboutiqueblog.blogspot.com/
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThisanThatBoutique?ref=si_shop

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    1. Thanks! 2 Years later and it's still held up fine!

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  3. What a great idea!! I never ever would have thought of that!

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  4. I keep thinking about doing this to my bins, thanks for showing me a great way to do it! I think I might do this to a few drawers for my daughters' room. Stop by sometime, domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

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  5. I think it's a HUGE improvement! Great job! If you have time, you should link up at my party: http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/02/time-to-shine-link-party-7.html : )

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  6. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Appreciate it!

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  7. Nice improvement. With the printed papers you chose, none of the little wrinkles even show. I'm adding this to my to-do list!

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  8. What a pretty way to hide all of the "stuff"! Thanks for sharing the idea.

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  9. What a great idea! I think it turned out great!

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  10. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing! I'm going to try this soon! Have a great week

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  11. The plastic containers looks much better now! Great idea and great job.

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  12. This is really darling. I just pulled one of these out of a closet and was going to get rid of it. Thanks for inspiring me to bust out my mod podge!

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  13. This is a wonderful idea to cuten up those plastic uglies!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  14. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I also just became a new follower and noticed we both live in MA. I'm near Worcester, how bout you?


    http://crystalscreations7.blogspot.com/

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  15. What a great idea! We have several of these drawers I was thinking of getting rid of. Now I may keep them.

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  16. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing

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  17. Thanks everyone! Who would have thought such a simple spruce up would be such a hit!

    @Crystal, I'm just south of the city. About 20 minutes out of Boston!

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  18. It definitely looks so much better. I have these drawers in my home. I will try this one. Thanks for linking up.

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  19. Great idea....they aren't the prettiest things when you buy them, are they!

    Kelly

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  20. That is sooo cute! It really is night and day. Looks so much better!

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  21. It looks great! thanks for linking up to my first blog party.

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  22. Beautiful! I have two of these I use for crafting supplies and don't like the look of them, this is a great solution. =]

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  23. This is a great idea. Certainly dressed them up!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  24. Thanks everyone! I love how much better they look now!

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  25. I'm going to do this tomorrow!! I was going to put mine in the garage sale pile. I hate when you can see what is being stored! Thanks for saving my storage bins!

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  26. Awesome idea! I was just about to send 3 sets of these off to the garage sale pile but now I think I'm going to jazz them up and put them back in my daughters rooms!!

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  27. Terrific idea! I have several of those icky cheap plastic drawers that could use a facelift. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I love this! We have these beauties all over our house-I would have never thought of this! I loved your idea so much, I highlighted your post over at my Friday Favorites! Thanks for sharing the creativity!

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  29. So glad I inspired so many of you to give those plastic drawers a facelift!

    and thanks for the feature Chiara, so sweet of you!!

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  30. cute idea. found you at designer garden. i have a Wednesday party, i'd love it if you checked it out.

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  31. Love your creativity, thanks for linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please link up more of your great ideas tomorrow. I too have junk drawers like that, not brave enough to share pics. :)

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

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  32. They look like fantastically cute cheap plastic drawers now!! :) I may try to for my big stacked drawers too.

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  33. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial. I have a lot of these in my craft room and bathroom cabinets. I'm going to facelift them!!

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  34. Love that you used a different pattern on each drawer, so much more fun than seeing the same thing over and over. :-) Thanks for linking your projects up this weekend.

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  35. Seriously, awesome. Such a creative idea!
    I loved it so much, I featured it on my blog today! Come check it out:
    http://justbeckause.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-head-monday.html

    Happy Monday!
    <3 Becky
    justbeckause.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow, this project is so inspiring. We all have these draws in some form laying around the house. Thanks so much for sharing and giving inspiration.
    Donna xx

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  37. How funny! I totally did this in 2009 when my baby was born & we didn't have a nursery. I used a clearance 3-drawer thing from Bed Bath & Beyond, and added scrapbooking paper to the inside. I attached it with tape, though, & that didn't work as well bc it snagged & tore over time. It looked a lot better than messy drawers full of diapers & onesies in our bedroom, tho. Love your version!

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  38. This is a great idea!! I always look at the one in my bathroom and think "they need to make different colored pieces you can slide in there to had stuff or change the color" I think I'll be trying this out!

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  39. Wonderful idea! I tried this with some old maps instead of the scrapbook paper and it looks really cute! Plus, since the maps are kind of "busy" looking, it helps to hide some of the little wrinkles. :)

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  40. What a GREAT idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  41. I think it looks great and I am definitely going to do this with my plastic drawers! Thanks for the tutorial, especially how you managed around the handle. I probably would have made that way more complicated then it needed to be!

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  42. Hee! This showed up on PInterest again today! -Liz B

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  43. I just found you through Pinterest--great site! And I just love this idea! I have several of these and they will never be ugly again thanks to your clever and wonderful idea! Thank you! I'm off to peek around your blog now and see what else I can learn.

    Cathy ♥

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  44. I love this idea! I have a couple of these for sewing items. I plan to use spray paint for plastic on the frame in a coordinating color of papers.

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  45. this is awesome! thanks for sharing.

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  46. I love this idea. I have one of these drawers in my bathroom. I think it definitely needs a make-over.

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  47. I found you through pinterest and I just did this to my plastic storage bins! Love the idea! The drawers are so cute now. I used pink damask, pink houndstooth, and pink zebra scrapbooking papers for mine. It matches my room now(: Thanks for the idea!!!(:

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  48. That is quite possibly the most genius thing ever! I found you on Pinterest. I will be utilizing this baby for all of my totes! ~Megan

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  49. I live abroad and this is such a wonderful idea to make my home look cute. Thanks so much for sharing and I can not wait to see how it turns out. I have already went out and bought my paper.

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  50. Love this idea, We use those in our camper for our clothes. I was looking for a way to jazz them up. Here it is!

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  51. I LOVE this idea! I just posted about my own version on my blog, thanks to your ideas!

    http://mrskstreasurehunt.blogspot.com/2012/01/organizing-just-start.html

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  52. I loved this ides so much I actually completed it!! (I have a couple little babies :-) My storage containers look great and have inspired me to change the whole look of the area I have them in. Thank you for the idea.
    Cheers,
    Ashley

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  53. I just tried this with homemade mod podge and my papers fell off as soon as it was dry. Anyone have any suggestions? Could it possibly be that my homemade mix was too watery, not enough glue?

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  54. You are soooo clever...it never would have occurred to me!!!!

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  55. Cool idea. This is so siimple and easy, yet just a perfect way to make these drawers so much better.

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  56. Found this on Pinterest and today spruced up my 12 year old daughter's bin. Zebra print paper and black paper with metalic pink lips. She LOVES it. Thanks so much for posting!

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  57. GREAT IDEA! would you be able to use wrapping paper if the drawers are longer than what scrapbooking paper would cover?

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  58. GREAT IDEA! would you be able to use wrapping paper if the plastic drawers are too long to use scrapbooking paper?

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    1. I'm sure that wrapping paper would work fine. Any kind of paper would work, I chose scrap booking paper because it is what I had available. I bet that you could get a lot of great patterns with wrapping paper though!

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  59. I love it! Great idea. I am so glad I read the tutorial or I would have put the paper on the outside which I am sure would have not looked as good.

    www.createyourdecor.blogspot.com

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  60. Such a fantastic idea!!! I totally am going to do this!! Thank YOU!!

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  61. Great idea! I used tiny photo mounting squares (double sided clear tape) instead of mod podge so no wrinkles and seems to be holding up well....

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    1. I was so hoping someone tried something like this! I would never do the modge-podge version, too much work. Plus, you can change out your papers when you want a new look. Thanks!

      Elle in Northern VA

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  62. Doing this today! I cant wait to see the finished project!!!!!

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  63. wow i love this project what a great idea!!!

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  64. Hello, I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation. Wish you best of luck for all your best efforts. slotted angle racks Delhi, plastic baskets manufacturers Delhi.

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  65. Looks great!! I am trying this on my 2. Great way to hide whats inside :) thanks for sharing!! :)

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    1. tried it, not as easy as the one shown. I have a different handle and is a lot harder to cut around. Still doing the project just cause I love it!!

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  66. not as easy as it seems. I have a different handle and it is a lot harder to fit than the one shown. I have a LOT of wrinkles and bubbles as well as the paper doesn't fit as well with the style of handle on mine. This is still a great idea and even with all the flaws, it still looks better than it did. Thanks so much for sharing your idea :) LP

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    1. Sorry that yours was more difficult. It is all a learning process!

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  67. Love this!!! It has definitely made it to the top of my "weekend to-do list"!! So excited to get started! :)

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  68. You can reduce the amount of bubbles if you wet the paper all the way through first then glue it on as normal

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  69. This is brilliant..it's gonna be perfect for my dorm!

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  70. Such a fab idea! Make 'em look pretty! TFS!
    Helen -- Firenze Cards

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  71. LOVE this idea. Thanks soon much for sharing. Definately going to be trying this out soon. Instead of paper im going to to try fabric. Hope it has the same results as the paper!!

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    1. I love the idea of fabric! Let us know how it turns out!

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  72. Just finished 3 sets for my daughters dorm room!! So cute!! Great idea!!

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    1. That would be adorable in a dorm room! Glad to be of help :)

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  73. My paper seperated from the plastic after I was finished :(

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that :( Mine are still going strong and I use them pretty regularly. Some other readers have suggested using tape, maybe that would work as a quick fix

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  74. Wow...that is inspiring. Thanks!
    notreallyanonymous, Carol

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  75. Love this idea!!!!! Do you only cover the front of the drawer or along the sides also?
    Camille

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    1. I only did the front, The sides didn't show since I have it in between two other pieces of furniture. The sides should be nice and easy though because they are just straight and smooth!

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  76. I have a question...I noticed that you adhered the paper to the inside of the drawer. Why would you make a cut out for the handle if on the inside? just curiouse b/c I want to do this. My grandkids live with me and we have many of those plastic bins.

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    1. Even though it's on the inside, there is still an indent where the handle is. Without the little slit it wouldn't fit on flush!

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  77. I was just wondering what to do with my drawers the other day, now I have a great idea on how to make them look more modern!

    Thank-you for the tutorial!

    - Kristen
    http://craftsandnails.blogspot.com

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  78. Very helpful in order to organize things and to place them in order...

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  79. This is an awesome makeover idea. I have 4 of these bins in my sewing/craft room with different items in each drawer. I am going looking for paper with yarn, felt squares, clear/rubber stamps, stickers, tissue paper, beads & buttons or maybe I will just make a big label for each drawer and add stickers or pictures of items might work.

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  80. What an awesome makeover idea - I have 4 of these bins in my sewing/crafts room and it will certainly improve the look of them. Just a suggestion - put labels that you print on your computer, so you know what is in each drawer. I have drawers for buttons, beads, felt, yarn, scrapbooking stamps, tissue paper, stickers, paper fibres, etc. Thanks for a great idea

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  81. i have some of these too,you also give me the idea to use postersfor this too. great idea

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  82. Wow merci beaucoup je ne savais pas comment faire grâce à vous j ai vu le modge podge

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  83. I think I need to do this with the one that's in my step daughter's room. Great idea!

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  84. Great idea, I will be doing this to mine this week, just gotta decide on the color and pattern of paper to use... Thanks!

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    1. Good luck! There are so many options to choose from!

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  85. appreciative approach, i am defiantly going for it...

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  86. Love your ideas but the font you use is hard on the eyes!!

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    1. Sorry! I'll see if I can change it to something more basic!

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    2. I second this comment. Very hard to read! It's easy to change the fonts in Blogger.

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  87. This looks completely awesome! What a fabulous idea! So simple but it transforms the drawer unit!

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    1. right! I love how simple it is, but hides all my mess!

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  88. Wow the first paragraph in this made me not want read it as the writer has come off snobby ("see through drawers ick", seriously!?)

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    1. Ouch. Sorry, I was just saying "ick" in having shown the world the terrible picture of my mess.

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  89. Found you off of Creative Princess. This is an AWESOME idea. Im going to do this tonight. from http://kikiscraftkorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Good luck! 2 years later and it still looks great! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  90. Fantastic idea!!! I use these storage bins for my girls' folded clothes since they are still small. I did this to theirs and even painted the top hot pink sprinkled a little glitter over it and after it dried I mod podged it. They look awesome and my girls loved it!!! Thanks for sharing the idea!!!

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  91. I'm so gonna make this! Great idea :-)

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  92. Thanks for the tips, I've been looking at covering my drawers with adhesive book cover (that stiff that comes on a roll) but this will be much easier. Glad to hear they held up too.

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  93. Thanks for this. I've been playing with the idea of covering my drawers with that adhesive book covering stuff but your idea seem so much easier. Glad to hear yours have held up after so long too!

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  94. Looks like a promising idea for those of us with lots of scrapbook paper hanging around.

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  95. I think you have a great idea. I could think of 20 things to hide in those drawers, many uses. I would be more picky about the details...but that's just me. NICE IDEA!

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  96. Hi there. I just want to tell you that I love your blog. I sent you a comment last night, not sure if it came through or not. I used your idea to make my own drawers and I also gave you credit. I was going to email you and tell you that but no email link LOL/ Have a good day and thanks!!

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  97. Jennifer,

    That is a wonderful idea! As a college student I am always looking for ways to help spice up and decorate my dorm room. I use these draw containers quite a bit, and never thought about doing something like this. I love it!

    With large closets, I usually hide them in there because I do not always want others to see what is in there. But now, I wont have to worry!

    Definitely going to try it out before heading back to school this year.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  98. Wondering how I do this with fabric I already have? New to crafting and have never used mod podge. Does it work with fabric?
    Very eager to do this!!!

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  99. Wondering if there has been any feedback on using fabric insteadbof paper?

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  100. Oh, what a great idea! Love love it! Thanks for sharing them.

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  101. Great idea love it so much!!

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  102. This was a great idea, and it inspired me while looking for a way to jazz up my daughter's plastic bins before moving her into a dorm at college. I will confess, I was far too intimidated to use an entire sheet of paper and cut it to fit the drawers. So I cut up pieces of coordinating scrapbook papers, and did a collage type of covering on the inside of the drawers. They look so cute and I think it was a simpler process for my uncreative self!

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  103. This is a great idea and I was so happy to find it when looking for ways to cover the plastic drawer fronts for my daughter's dorm. We had a few larger drawers that were too big to cut a one piece template for, since the scrapbook paper is limited in size. Our solution was to buy several coordinating papers, cut them into smaller pieces and do a collage type lining instead of a one sheet template. They came out great, and on move in day, we received many compliments. We did large storage drawers, smaller drawer units and even a table top drawer set for her makeup. Now, I'm doing some sets for her and her teammates to put into their athletic lockers. Thanks for the idea!

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  104. I am a sewer with tons of cloth. I bet this would work with modpodge as well and won't have to worry with the wrinkles and bubbles as the fabric absorbs without shrinking (less than 3%). Thanks for posting or I'd never have thought of this. (oh yes, I'll get the Mod Podge recipe off Pinterest, of course!

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  105. This is so clever and creative. I love it!

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