Friday, December 08, 2006

Covered Drawers

I have had these little old drawers for many years. I bought them at a jumble sale for 50p! They have been used to store my vintage hand bag collection, tucked in to the bottom of my wardrobe.

I felt a make-over coming on, when I won a beautiful wallpaper from the 1940's on eBay!

I painted the edges, as these would have been very fiddly to cover in paper.

Having removed the little brass draw pulls, I used PVA glue to stick the wallpaper to the drawer fronts trimming it to fit with a craft knife. I then screwed the handles back in place.
The rest of the box was covered in the same way.

I think it will now be very useful in my work room, which I MUST clear out this month!!


  1. Wow, what a transformation! They look really beautiful. I love that wallpaper. I think they definitely need to be on show now rather than in the bottom of your wardrobe.

  2. Oh so pretty.
    Carolyn (Willow House)

  3. Another wonderful idea from Niki..!
    You are an inspiration..this looks wonderful.
    I love this wallpaper..many years ago I had something similar in my bedroom..this brought back the memory xo

  4. Niki, your drawers look fantastic now! Vintage wallpaper on ebay, what a great idea to look for! Some days ago, on ebay, I won some old angel pictures used for 'autograph books' that school kids passed round in former times. I can't wait for them to arrive (at the beginning of next week, hopefull). I'll then try my first vintage cards.
    Have a great week-end!

  5. ADORABLE, I'm charmed by your savvy...did you see the latest cherbus in my collection?

    It was posted just before my post today...take a peek.

  6. they are so pretty and you are so clever...nel

  7. Anonymous10:19 am

    what a super makeover niki, they look fantastic! excellent work!

  8. Niki, you've done it again! Perhaps I should try the same with the flight of drawers I take to the fairs, although I have nowhere near as much patience as you so I'm sure they wouldn't look anywhere near as good!! Paul's impressed yet again ...
    See you tomorrow!
    Sue x

  9. This turned out beautiful Niki! What a great idea :)
    I have an old filing cabinet hid away in the closet and I might try this someday . Thanks for showing this. You have so many wonderful ideas! What a gorgeous morror, I can see why it caught your eye! No wonder it wasn`t for sale.


  10. I've been out of touch - phone problems
    I love peeking into your living experience in England. The antique shops and craft fair were a wonderful treat and what a great suprise from your friend in Germany(she's very talented).
    I love the transformation of your drawers I have something similar out of cardboard and am now inspired to transform it.
    Have a great weekend

  11. Way to go Niki!! Boy do they look better, did we ever see a picture of your work room?
    Good ole Ebay, I just got a 1950's Betsey Wetsey doll today. Almost always have something coming my way from them. This time of year with no garage sales I go more toward Ebay.
    Love the paper and the finished product.

  12. Hi Niki, The drawers look beautiful, the wallpaper is so pretty! Clare x

  13. Hi Niki,

    Such a lovely transformation. I too bought a filing cabinet a few years back for five dollars. It's cream white and needs a little touch up. Still don't know what I'll do. Thanks for sharing the lovely Christmas windows of England. I feel a part of me is there. And you’re right even if you don't buy anything it's still a nice jaunt to town and that in itself can be very rewarding and inspirational. So many wonderful ideas. Take care.

    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

  14. This is a beautiful project. The whole idea of it is wonderful. Very clever and creative on your part--well done!

  15. So pretty! They kind of remind me of old card catalogue drawers from the library. I'd love to find something like that.

  16. Anonymous9:22 am

    Wonderful! What a beauty. Amazing.

  17. Awesome work! They good great!!!!

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