Thursday, August 23, 2012

jazzed up some drawers!

I have to take a moment to show off another one of my pinterest projects. It's one of my favorites because the end result is pretty fabulous for such a simple project. Also, I didn't have to go out and buy any supplies or materials!

Here's what you need:
  • a Sterilite Cart (or any brand of the plastic drawer carts) - I used the clear, 3-drawer model from Target. I actually received this as a gift at my baby shower.
Clear Sterilite 3 Drawer Cart
  • Scrapbook paper - You could also use wrapping paper, but I wanted to make this very "little-boy-friendly" and had the perfect pack of designs amongst my stacks. It included images of tire treads, flames, camouflage, etc.
  • Mod Podge - A crafter's best friend!
  • Paint Brush - to spread on the Mod Podge, of course.
I made sure to wipe down the outside of the cart so the Mod Podge would stick well.

The trickiest part of this project (and it's really not that tricky, actually) is tracing a template of the drawers to use as a stencil. I used a piece of cardboard out of my recycling bin and just trimmed and snipped until it was a nearly perfect fit.

Once I had my template, I simply traced it on to three different sheets of paper, then cut out the shape.

Using a paint brush, I spread an evenly thin coat of Mod Podge on the backs of each paper and stuck them on the outside of the drawers. I should mention here that I tried to stick one on the inside, thinking it would be less likely to succumb to wear and tear in the future, but it didn't look the best through the plastic, so I removed it and started over.

I let the paper dry for a few hours...I didn't need to wait that long, but wanted to be sure it was completely dry. Then, I used the paint brush again to spread another thin, even coat of Mod Podge to the outside/top of the paper. This helps seal the paper, and gives it a protective coat. Therefore, I shouldn't have to worry so much about possible wear and tear after all.

After being so excited about how well it turned out, I decided to cut out another template and attach another design to the top of the drawers.

Overall, I was very happy with the end product. If my son, Jack, could talk, I'm sure he too would tell me how awesome his new drawers are.

Right now, I'm using them to house Jack's clothes that he hasn't quite grown in to. When he gets a little older, I'm thinking...matchbox cars in the tire tread drawer, Lincoln Logs/blocks in the lumber drawer, and other "tools" in the top? We'll see.

I got this idea from pinterest. You can check out the original repin from Angela Aldridge here.


  1. I love this idea for baby clothes! I have twin almost 2 year olds (a boy and a girl!!) So I have double the clothes and I never know what to do with the needs to grow into clothes until now!! Thank you :)

    PS: I'm your newest follower!

  2. Love the drawers - had to look closely to see what you had done as my morning brain wasn't registering that the bottom drawer particularly wasn't real! Must need more coffee! :) Glad I found your blog on TPT forum! I am your newest follower! Looking forward to hearing more from you here and on the TPT forum!
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  3. Those drawers are really cute. Love them! Love Pinterest too! :)

    I'm your newest follower. Your blog design is adorable! Welcome to blogging and to TpT! :)