Colorful Dresser Drawer Makeover

Since we moved into the house on Lake Murray, I have been focusing all my decorating efforts on the first floor of the house. I haven’t shown you much of the second floor.  Today I am going to show you a “little” sneak peek. The second floor consists of a full bath, 2 bedrooms (for quests) and a large game/rec room. One nice thing about all the rooms…they are all neutral so the furnishings from our previous house look right at home.The first bedroom at the top of the stairs looks pretty much like the guest room in my previous house with all the same furniture including this, furniture makeover.  I call it the “black and white” room since they are the main colors with a color pop of purple.

The second bedroom has a mis-match of furnishings including a king size bed without a bed frame or headboard. The boxspring and mattress are on the floor. They were from my youngest daughter’s bedroom where the bed was right under a double window and no frame/headboard was needed.

There is also the bottom section of what used to be the dining room hutch, along with a few accessories. I plan to make over this room using a serene blue color scheme and call it the “blue” room. I like the sound of using colors to describe the rooms instead of saying the room on the right or the middle room. Color names make it more fun, like a bed and breakfast.

When I received my box of Waverly Inspirations fabrics and paints for the decorating challenge this month, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  If you are not familiar with the challenge… in a nutshell, every month I receive a surprise box filled with Waverly Inspirations products and am challenged to create something pretty and useful out of the fabric and items in the box within a given theme each month. This month there is no theme – each blogger taking part in the challenge gets to choose their own.My idea was to put a decorative finish on this… Not the sideboard itself, but the brown drawer that comes to view every time I open the drawers.  For most of the furniture I make over, I don’t paint the drawers. When I open this drawer though, the stark contrast of white and brown always makes me want to paint it. It was time for a dresser drawer makeover.I used the Super Premium semi-gloss paint and the matching stencil that was also sent to add a little color surprise every time I open the drawer.

Dresser Drawer Makeover

supplies needed to line drawer:

  • Waverly Inspirations fabric. Sold at Walmart.  Cut to a little larger than the inside bottom of the drawer.
  • Waverly Inspirations Super Premium Paint – Color: Pool
  • Decoupage medium
  • Foam paint brush
  • Craft knife
  • Sandpaper – 100 grit on sanding block
  • Plastic spreader
  • Optional: Stain blocking paint primer
  • Waverly Inspirations Stencil
  • Waverly Inspirations Stencil Brush
  • Paper towel

How To Line a Drawer with Fabric

Lining a drawer with fabric is not only a great way to add color to a drawer, but to also use up leftover pieces from previous projects.

  1. Sand inside of drawer and outer sides with 100 grit sandpaper on a sanding block. Clean off grit with a damp rag or tack cloth.
  2. Paint the inside of drawer and outer sides. (This was the first time I have used the Super Premium paint. It went on like a dream and dried to a perfectly smooth finish.) Use 2 coats, allowing the first one to dry before applying the second.

Note: I painted the whole inside of the drawer, but painting the sides is all that is needed since you will be covering the bottom with fabric.

If the wood in your drawer is old, stained, or has a sealer on it, you may want to put a coat of stain blocking primer on the surface first and let it dry before painting. This will keep the wood tannins or stain from seeping through to the paint which may change the color.

3. Measure the inside of drawer and cut fabric about an inch larger all around than the measurements.

4. Once the paint is dry, apply one thick coat of decoupage medium to the inside bottom of drawer.

5. Place the cut fabric over the wet decoupage medium. Make sure it is straight. Use a plastic spreader to smooth wrinkles in fabric and make sure there are no air bubbles under the fabric.

6. When the fabric is smooth and there are no wrinkles or air bubbles, spread a thick coat of decoupage medium over the fabric. Use the brush to make sure the decoupage medium covers all the fabric. Let dry. If there is any excess fabric going up the sides of the drawer you can cut this away once the fabric is dry.

When the fabric is dry, use a sharp craft knife to cut away the excess fabric along inside of the drawer. To keep fabric from fraying, brush another coat of decoupage medium right along the cut edge of the fabric all around the drawer and let dry.


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