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.

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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

I used butcher paper to trace the front of my drawer to make a pattern.

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.

I cut my pattern out.

I then traced my pattern onto the back of the contact paper and cut the contact paper.

I pulled off the backing and put both 1/2 on the front of the drawer.

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.

Here it is all finished, and I love the way it turned out!

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  • Scarlette Sarah Elkins
    Scarlette Sarah Elkins
    on Jun 14, 2019

    I know it would take a lot longer but would washi tape work about the same way ??

    • Diane

      I’m in agreement here, while washi tape is pretty, it’s stickiness over time is questionable. If you don’t want to use electrical tape there are also many patterns and varieties of duct tape you could use.

  • Marta rosengren
    Marta rosengren
    on Dec 26, 2020

    I have cotton fabric in the same design. Do you think it would work with Mod Podge and a spray on polyurethane?

    • Erin

      Why can’t you use the Modpodge as the adhesive as well?

  • Tammy

    Can it just be painted and tape off trim?

    • Lucille D. Varela
      Lucille D. Varela
      5 hours ago

      I have this set of drawers which I painted years ago, I've also used contact paper on other drawer sets, and; as yet another alternative, I've lined the inside of the containers with decorative paper which allows you to easily change your decor over a period of time.

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