wallpapered dresser drawers with Milton & King

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My initial shock of wallpaper's return was laid aside a couple of years ago when I realized it's not at all the stuff that I grew up with.  There are so many gorgeous wallpapers out there lately!  Bold modern patterns, updated florals, textures.  It's all so good and there is a wallpaper for everyone.  The best part is that you don't have to use it just on your walls!  If you want to get your toes wet and try it out, I have a fun little project for you.  

I like the unexpected, and while wallpaper lined dresser drawers might not be unexpected, this is.




Isn't it so fun!!  I've lined the bottom of dresser drawers before with pretty paper, but as soon as they were filled with clothes or other items, you could no longer see the paper.  Since this paper is so gorgeous I thought why not paper the whole drawer!  Now when the drawer is filled up, you can still appreciate it.  What an unexpected touch to an otherwise simple dresser.



I've teamed up with Milton & King, a boutique wallpaper and wall mural brand that has just landed in Austin, TX, to bring you this fun project.  You guys, they have a HUGE variety of paper to choose from.  Check out all of their Shibori wallpaper here.  You will FLIP.  I was all over the place coming up with ideas for every one that I fell in love with.  Izzy and I finally settled on a couple of samples for her room and went from there.


I wish you could see this paper in person.  The detail is amazing and the color is so vivid.  The Garden Bloom wallpaper by Kingdom Home won my daughter over.  Teal blue is her new favorite color.  Put some flowers, birds, and butterflies on it and what more could a girl ask for?!  You should check out the other color ways.


This was a simple project to pull together in an afternoon.

What You Need:

STEP ONE:  Measure your drawer width and depth.  Add two inches to the width so the paper goes up the sides of the drawer one inch on each side.  TIP: If your drawer has a curved front like mine, you can make a template out of newspaper or wrapping paper.  Cut out the bottom piece based off these measurements.

STEP TWO:  Measure your drawers side panels from the bottom of the outside, up and over the lip, and down to where the panel meets the bottom of the drawer.  Now measure the depth of the drawer.  You will use one continuous piece of paper to wrap up the outside of the drawer panel and then down the inside of the panel.  Cut out two side panel pieces, one for each side of the drawer, based on these measurements. 

STEP THREE:  Use a brush to brush on a thin layer of paste to the bottom on the drawer and a couple inches up the left and right sides.  Place your paper, smooth flat and wipe away any excess paste with a wet sponge.

STEP FOUR:  Brush a thin layer of paste onto the outside, inside, and lip of the side panel.  Place your paper starting at the bottom of the outside.  Wrap up, over and then down to meet the paper on the bottom of the drawer.  Smooth flat and wipe away any excess paste with a wet sponge.  Repeat for the other side panel.

STEP FIVE:  Let the paper dry before placing it back into the dresser to avoid any tears.


SHORTCUT:  Like the look but don't want to mess with wallpaper paste?  Use double sided tape to attach the paper to the bottom of the drawer.  Instead of using one continuous piece of paper to cover the side panel, cut two pieces leaving the top lip uncovered, and use more double sided tape to attach the paper to the inside and outside of the panel.  Repeat on the other side.


For more ideas on ways to try wallpaper in your home, check out this post.  What would you paper?

SOURCES: Wallpaper . Dresser - antique painted in Annie Sloan's Pure White (similar here) . bunny lamp . DIY inlay mirror (tutorial here) . floral wall hanging . baskets - Homegoods . DIY drapes (similar here)

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A big thank you to Milton & King for providing me with the wallpaper for this project.  I was not otherwise compensated and all opinions are my own.

7 comments :

  1. how fun is this?!?! it looks beautiful- love the paper you used! what a great pop of color and pattern, shelley!

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    1. Thank you! Izzy feels like she has won the jackpot. She even promised the keep her drawers clean. We shall see.

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  2. Absolutely fabulous! The wallpaper is such a beautiful print. I am looking forward to seeing the end results of her room.

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    1. Thank you, Lin! You can see her full room tour here: http://westermanfam.blogspot.com/2016/05/izzys-bedroom.html

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  3. Shelley!!! Ahhhh I love this so much!!!! I painted Hannah's night table drawer sides hot pink and that is fun, but this is a whole other level of awesomeness. The colors are so pretty in Izzy's room. That paper is SO pretty!! I can't wait to see their other papers. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. This turned out so cute! Such a great idea and perfect for her room!!

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  5. Gorgeous dresser! Love it!
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