DIY: Liner Alternative

As you guys know, I’m all for saving money.

I’m constantly finding new ways to save more.

That’s why today I thought it would be fun to show you one of the ways I save, through a SUPER easy DIY project!

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If you read this post then you remember the coffee table I refinished. This morning I decided to finish off the coffee table by adding some drawer liner. But drawer liner and/or contact paper can be very pricey…anywhere from $10-$45 for a small roll.

I am SO not okay with that.

Plus contact paper is a pain to apply. It immediately starts sticking to itself – anyone else have this problem? And then when you decide to remove it, it leaves behind a nasty film on the wood.

A good alternative? Wrapping paper.

Wrapping paper is like $3 a roll, so it is already WAY more cost effective. Plus you know it won’t go to waste because you can always whip it out when you have to wrap a gift.

Another reason I love wrapping paper is because there is an endless variety of fun prints and patterns. I literally searched for weeks before I found the perfect one for this coffee table at Home Goods. But, I guarantee you I would have been searching for way longer if I was trying to find a decent contact paper design.

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If you want to try lining your drawers or shelves with wrapping paper, here is what you’ll need:

  • Wrapping Paper – it is best to use one with a non glossy finish
  • Spray Adhesive – I used this kind but any brand will do the job
  • Ruler
  • Scissor
  • Pen or Pencil

I would write out steps for you to follow, but like I said, this is a SUPER EASY project.

All you need to do is carefully measure the shelf or drawer, transfer those measurements to the wrapping paper, and then very carefully cut it out. No need to rush through this step, you will want straight cuts when it is all said and done. After that, you just need to spray some adhesive to the surface of the drawer or shelf and then slowly apply the wrapping paper. And voila! You now have beautifully lined drawers/shelves!


I hope you liked this little DIY project, I have many more coming to the blog soon, including: a headboard makeover, a chair makeover, chair reupholstery, bookshelf makeover, and dresser makeover! Be sure to check back to see how they all turn out!

And as always, thanks for reading xo


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