Thursday, June 13, 2013

2nd project complete!

I just finished my second organization project off the summer! I am so proud of myself for following through with my plan this time... maybe I will become a grown-up one of these days :-P
Well, on to my project as promised. 
I stared off with my old set of  drawers that roll (used to roll until my husband broke off a wheel bringing it home for this project :-/).

Just a plain set of drawers
I selected the following paper to match the color scheme in my classroom.  I got this paper in a paper basics pack from Hobby Lobby.  They have all paper on sale for 50% off rigth now!!! A great find.
Don't you just love the colors and the mix of patterns?

Then I started to cut the paper and ended up cutting it about 10 times! My goal was a really tight fit and I kept adjusting until I was down to the dimensions listed below. Others have suggested using wax paper for doing this, I would have, but I was out at home :(
Large Sides: 3 x 11 1/2   Front large piece: 2 1/4 x 8 3/4  Short pieces: 1 1/4 x 2 3/4
Finally I began to add the paper to the drawers.  I started with placing "small pieces of tape" along the edge of the drawer as stated on other blogs were people have posted about this same project.  However, I had a small problem. You might not be able to see from the pictures, but the wide scotch tape I was using actually crinkled the paper and left messy looking tape all over the drawer.

Can you see the crinkled paper?

Looks Messy!!!

My next thought was to use Mod Podge, as suggested by another blog, but I was a bit afraid of the learning curve from this application, so... 
I brought out the big GUNS!!! As you may or may not know, I also love to scrapbook. As part of my supplies I have my favorite tool, my ATG gun, and when I say gun I mean GUN!!! Even though I may get made fun of at crops for how big it is, I love this tool and it was perfect for this project.
And don't you LOVE that it is pink!

Here are the after pictures from using my ATG gun.  I love how clean the paper looks in each drawer.
Add a small amount of the strip of tape on all sides

Clean look on the outside

No extra tape on the inside!!!
Finished drawers

I love how it looks from the front

I like the side, but I might add a piece of paper in the small section I left empty.  This will be under my desk most of the time, so it won't really matter, but would just add to the look.

Finally, I added black vinyl for a crisp look to the letters.  I cut the font on my Cricut using Pooh Font. 

I have two drawers for "tools" as I call them with my students.  Since we don't have a traditional desk in my school, I will add organizers and put all my supplies in the top two drawers.  The rest are to keep myself, my co-teacher, subs and any paraprofessionals that come into my room organized and able to help out when needed.

I hope I could inspire you to update your storage units as well, next many files (SHUTTER WITH FEAR! )


  1. LOVE this idea. I was just thinking that I needed to buy a similar storage unit for hair, make-up, other toiletries, etc. but hated that it wouldn't look "cute." This is awesome - and I love the colors and patterns of the paper.

    1. So glad I could share with you Kate! Can't wait to see what you create! Don't forget to follow so you can stay up-to-date on all my projects this summer.

    2. So glad I could share with you Kate! Can't wait to see what you create! Don't forget to follow so you can stay up-to-date on all my projects this summer.