Chas' Crazy Creations
Chas' Crazy Creations
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Upcycle Storage Containers

9 Materials
25 Minutes

I have these 3 drawer storage containers several places in our home. Sometimes I like that I can see what's in the drawer, and other times I do not. I came up with an easy and inexpensive way to upcycle the drawers - hiding what's inside and giving it a face lift at the same time.

upcycle storage containers
You'll need the following supplies:
  • Drawer(s) you want to upcycle
  • Contact paper of your choice
  • Regular paper/butcher
  • paper
  • pencil
  • sissors
  • Ruler
  • Electrical Tape
  • Razor blade
upcycle storage containers
I used butcher paper to trace the front of my drawer to make a pattern.
upcycle storage containers
I measured the top down to the handle, and it was about 2 1/2". The indent portion of the bottom half of the drawer would take more contact paper than the upper portion. I needed to cut my pattern in 1/2 to accommodate this.
upcycle storage containers
I cut my pattern out.
upcycle storage containers
I then traced my pattern onto the back of the contact paper and cut the contact paper.
upcycle storage containers
I pulled off the backing and put both 1/2 on the front of the drawer.
upcycle storage containers
I used the white electrical tape to cover the lines of the two sections. I trimmed off the extra contact paper using a razor blade/Xacto knife.
upcycle storage containers
Here it is all finished, and I love the way it turned out!

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  • Garyland Thompson
    on Sep 13, 2018

    Awesome idea! Wonder if fabric will work?

  • Joyce Allen Baumgardner
    on Sep 13, 2018

    I haven’t used contact paper for decades. Is it still as hard to work with? I have several plastic drawers and would love to try this. Great idea.

    • Myra Wray Miller
      on Nov 24, 2018

      I think it's much easier to work with now. I don't have an opinion on dampening it simply because I've never tried it. To me today's contact paper has more "give". Seems to have more of a slight stretch, so more vinyl than paper. You'll be pleased if you're comparing to the old product 😊 (by the way I am not paid by or associated with contact paper LOL)

  • Becky
    on Nov 25, 2018

    Do you wrap the sides and back also or just the drawer faces?

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Nov 25, 2018

      You can do it all if you like, I just did the front. Probably depends on where you are keeping it and what people will see.

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