How to Line your Shelves and Drawers Beautifully

Most shelves or drawers are unadorned, with smooth, bare surfaces devoid of color or interest.
A colorful liner can brighten up an otherwise drab drawer.A colorful liner can brighten up an otherwise drab drawer.
You can easily beautify your storage by adding an attractively-patterned paper or fabric liner to the bottom or sides, turning boring into stylish in only a few minutes. Once you've removed the contents of your shelves or drawers it's a simple process of measuring, cutting and gluing.

Step 1

Measure the interior dimensions of your shelf or drawer. You'll need to know the exact width and length of every surface you intend to line.

Step 2

Cut a piece of wrapping paper or fabric to the size you measured. If you're planning on lining the sides of the drawer or shelf as well as the bottom, cut additional pieces to those sizes as well.

Step 3

Apply an even coat of glue to the entire surface of the shelf or drawer using a sponge brush. Set the liner in place, working carefully from one side to the other. Ensure that the corners of the liner are in position with the corners of the surface.

Step 4

Use a bone folder or other hard-edged tool to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles that have formed. Work these out quickly, before the glue dries.

Things You Will Need

  • Wrapping paper or fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Bone folder

Tip

  • Ask at your local home improvement store if they know when they will be closing out a line of wallpaper. The deals are awesome! As with any project, start with clean surfaces, vacumn and wipe shelves with an all purpose cleaner prior to laying paper.

About the Author

Mark Keller has been writing everything from short stories to political commentary over the course of the past decade. He has written professionally since 2009 with articles appearing on LibertyMaven.com, Penguinsightings.org, Pepidemic.com and various other websites. He is a theater major at Hillsdale College in Michigan.