Check out this quick and easy tutorial of updating nightstand drawer with contact paper to give it an instant refresh! Contact paper is self adhesive, but this method can be used for wallpaper, wrapping paper as well!
Seeing all those beautifully wallpapered rooms on Pinterest, I have always been interested in wallpapering stuff. However, as someone who is not experienced at all with selecting wallpaper patterns, I have never got brave enough to actually wallpaper anything in my home. So when I ran into this contact paper the other day in my local Rite Aid store, I knew it is my chance to start small on the journey of wallpapering!
The roll I picked up is under $10 and I am able to cover all 4 nightstand drawers with that single 9-foot roll with a little bit extra left. I picked up this minty gray pattern because:
1. Unlike wallpaper, there’s just not so many pattern choices for con-tact paper.
2. This color matches well with our newly painted nightstands. So if there’s any seams, no one can tell. If your choice of wallpaper color is very different from the color of inner drawer, you can paint the surface with a matched color first in case of any seams or holes during application.
Now let’s talk about the lining choices:
Contact paper: Contact paper is very affordable, and readily available. I spotted them in my local Rite Aid, Target stores. The adhesive is not permanent so you can peel if off fairly easily. The downside is there’s not many choices in terms of pattern, color.
Wallpaper: The pattern choices are just endless! Also since most of wallpaper selections are self-adhesive (removable wallpaper is even better if you want to remove them later), you don’t have to worry about which glue to use. Since they usually come in big rolls, it tend to get pricier compare to contact paper.
Wrapping paper: even more affordable than contact paper – when you just need a small amount. But they are not self adhesive so I would use mod podge to glue them to the surface and apply mod podge again on top of the wrapping paper to give it a protective layer since they are more fragile. This method is more permanent, so if you ever change your mind, just paint over with your favorite color or wallpaper over it. But if you are just going for a temporary lining, use double sided tape can be a good choice. Just keep in mind that since wrapping paper are “paper” they won’t be as sturdy by themselves.
Update Nightstand Drawer Video
This video consist of two parts: apply contact paper to drawer and install power strip.
Lining Drawer With Wallpaper Instruction
Tools you’ll need:
- Contact paper, wallpaper(removable kind would be best) or wrapping paper
- Utility knife or scissor
- Either measure the inside dimension of the drawer, or fit the contact paper inside the drawer and fold the paper to mark the size(I found this way easier)
- Cut contact paper to size
- Peel the contact paper backing and stick them to the drawer. Then use a dry rag to press them to the surface firmly (it would be even better if you have wallcovering smoothing tool)
- If your wallpaper(or wrapping paper) is not self-adhesive, apply mod podge to the drawer surface the stick the wallpaper in. Mod podge dries clear so you can also apply them to the top of the paper to add a protective layer
- Apply all sides of the drawer with wallpaper
Tips: If there’s a big color difference between your contact paper and the drawer inner sides, you can paint the surface first for a similar color. This way if there’s any seams or holes, no one will tell! Some cheap crafting paint is fine. I used chalk paint from Michaels because I can always use them to paint other stuffs in the future.
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