Mod Drawers

Now that I am feeling rested, it’s time to tackle the nursery.  With only four and a half weeks left until her due date, I am beginning to think I might not have everything finished by the time she arrives.  Good thing it won’t matter to her.  Here is a list of what we have left:

  • remove guest bed
  • remove table and chairs
  • clear book shelves to make room for storage boxes
  • paint room
  • install crown molding
  • buy crib
  • find old dresser to convert to changing table
  • buy rocker/glider
  • install new draperies and rods
  • get artwork (we have artwork above crib but still need some above changing table)
  • make mobile for above bed
  • refurbish old chair for desk
  • incorporate bedding into theme of room

Seeing it listed like this actually makes me feel better.  I guess we don’t lack that much, but I doubt everything will be completed by the time she arrives.  For instance, installing crown molding is definitely going to have to wait until later.

I am excited that even though not on the list I took the time to add a little color to the insides of the drawers for the changing table.  Last week, I showed a before and after, but I thought you might like a break down of the steps.

Here is what the inside of the drawers looked like before.

They really weren’t that bad.  You can see they had been splattered with paint from the previous owner.  No hard feelings though since the dresser came primed and ready to paint.  What I didn’t like is that the box part of the drawer is particle board instead of solid wood.  So it had this fake looking liner applied to it.  Sort of cheapened the look of the whole dresser.

So I decided the easiest way to get around it was to cover it with some sort paper.  I toyed with the ideas of using wrapping paper or old scrap book paper.  Both would have looked great, but I think would have worked best if only the bottom part of the drawer needed to be covered.  Since I am not blessed with a lot of patience, I didn’t think it would work that great for me.  Instead, I decided to use tissue paper, tearing it into strips and layering it with Mod Podge on the panels.  A much more free spirited approach.  Plus, tissue paper is much more affordable than wrapping paper these days.

Basically all you need is tissue paper, Mod Podge, and a brush.

First, tear strips of tissue paper.  Large or small pieces work fine… so you can’t mess it up.  I decided to go with green for the color.  It creates a nice contrast with the yellow changing table and is a gender neutral color.  I didn’t want to use pink, in case we have boy someday.  And purple drawers with a yellow dresser just felt too LSU to me.

Next, brush a thin coat of Mod Podge directly onto the drawer panel.  This gives the panel some tackiness and reduces the amount that will need to be applied on top of the tissue paper.  (I learned this the hard way.)  Once the glue is applied, start laying down strips of paper, overlapping as you go.

Here is a shot of what mine looked like after a few strips were applied.

Now begins the part where I was wrong in my calculations.  Originally, I thought one layer of tissue paper would be enough, but the wood grain was still showing.

So I applied another layer and doubled the time and materials for the project.  One drawer took about one hour and around four sheets of tissue paper.   Allow for 15 minutes in between layers for drying.

This is what it looked like after two layers.  You can still see the wood color through some of the tissue paper but not the wood grain.  Some of the glue is still white in the picture, but it dries clear.

I am really excited with the finished look of the drawers!  It kind of has an abstract look to it.  And in reality I know it really doesn’t matter what the insides look like since they will be covered up with clothes, diapers, and toys, but at least it adds a pop of color and will be visible from the sides of the drawers.

Note:  The tissue paper did not cause a binding issue with the drawers because the drawer glides are on the bottom of the drawer.

Has anyone else used Mod Podge in a craft recently?  Or have any projects that ended up doubling in time or expense?

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