How to Cover Dresser Drawers With Fabric

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Upcycling used furniture can be an inexpensive way to get customized home decor, but what do you do when you’re bored with paint techniques? Adding fabric to dresser drawers is an uncomplicated and inexpensive solution, requiring a little time and a few supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Tailor’s chalk or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Decoupage medium or white craft glue
  • Foam sponge brush
  • Metal-edged ruler or egg turner
  • Craft knife
  • Quilt batting
  • Staple gun

Sleek and Sweet

  • Remove knobs and other hardware from the front of the drawer.

  • Measure the height and width of the front face of the drawer. If the drawer is not a rectangle, measure each at the largest point. Add one inch to each dimension.

  • Mark a rectangle on the wrong side of the fabric with the chalk or pencil, using the measurements you made.

  • Cut out the rectangle.

  • Sand the surface of the drawer face lightly to create a good surface for adhering the fabric.

  • Brush a light coat of decoupage medium on the drawer with the sponge brush.

  • Center the fabric on the drawer and press it lightly to the wood. It will extend past the edges about 1/2 inch on each side.

  • Slide the edge of the ruler from the center to one edge, then from the center to the top to remove any air from under the fabric. Repeat in the other three directions until the fabric is smooth.

  • Paint the fabric with a thin coat of the medium, making sure to cover the edges well. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

  • Add a second coat of the medium to the fabric and allow it to dry.

  • Trim the excess fabric from the drawer with the craft knife.

  • Brush on one last coat of medium, paying special attention to the edges. Allow everything to dry completely.

  • Cut a small slit above the holes for the drawer knobs. Reattach the hardware.

Padded, Puffed and Pretty

  • Remove all of the drawer’s hardware.

  • Measure the front face of the drawer. Add 1 1/2 inches to each side.

  • Cut a rectangle from the fabric to match your measurements.

  • Cut a rectangle of quilt batting in the same size.

  • Center the batting over the drawer face.

  • Fold the top edge over the edge of the drawer and staple it in place on the back of the drawer. You only need two or three staples at this point in the project.

  • Smooth the batting over the drawer and staple the bottom edge to the back of the drawer. Repeat to attach the sides to the back.

  • Center the fabric over the batting.

  • Fold the top edge over and staple it as you did the batting. This time, place the staples about 1 inch apart.

  • Pull the fabric slightly toward the bottom to make it taut and fold the bottom edge over the drawer and batting. Staple it in place, spacing the fasteners about an inch apart.

  • Smooth the fabric toward the left side of the drawer. Fold the edge and staple it in place. Repeat for the right side, pulling it slightly.

  • Trim excess batting and fabric, if necessary.

  • Cut a slit for the knobs and replace the hardware.

References

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