I’ve never been a contact paper type of a girl for kitchen cabinets. The color selection and patterns used to be so tragic. It was fairly easy to keep drawers looking clean. And, I struggle to cut a straight line. The struggle is real. I tried lining a linen closet once but did such a piss poor job that it looked terrible. Thankfully, I only went in there once a week. (Now you know a little more about me…please don’t judge.)
My kitchen is rad…but this isn’t it. The Studio McGee folks are truly miraculous because somehow without ever talking to me they designed my dream kitchen.
I’m not feeling brave enough just yet to show you my kitchen. Just trust me when I say that it needs help. But until that help comes, I need to make what I have look better even if it’s only in a small way. I’ve been thinking of changing out the handles but I can’t commit. Chrome? Brushed nickel? Black? Lucite?
And for those paying attention, that’s right I said “rad”. I used an 80’s term because that’s the era from which my kitchen hails from. The previous owners redid it and, being decades ahead of their time, put in large drawers for plates and pots. They’re incredibly useful but, man, do they catch a lot of crud.
While I ponder the big questions on how to update my kitchen, I decided I needed to do something about the insides. Isn’t that what we teach our kids: all that matters is the inside.
I recently rehabbed my dresser using dry erase contact paper and it came out pretty good. I also saw how far the designs have come. So…I decided to line the drawers. Two birds. One stone: eliminate crud and make an infinitesimal improvement.
I usually research and shop around a lot. It’s a real problem. This, however, was not one of those times. I was racing through Target and got one roll of contact paper because it seemed to go with my kitchen chairs. More importantly, it was on sale. Here are my chairs.
This is where we started: (Warning: the images you are about to see may contain material not suitable for people with a sense of hygiene.)
While I was at it I decided to purge a little. Shopping at thrift stores is by far my favorite activity but giving stuff away is a close second. Here’s what it looked like after I wiped the drawers out so you get an idea of how dirty we really are. #we’regross
Sooo…it took hours to finish 7 drawers. Okay, maybe not hours but it felt like it. I don’t know exactly how long but to give you a sense: I listened to three Freakonomics podcasts. (Something else I’ve recently discovered; who knew there were so many interesting things on the inter webs.)
If you look closely you’ll see gaps and mismatched patterns where I tried patching larger gaps and it took me a bit to get the hang of it but eventually I got into a groove. Without further ado, here are my new and improved drawers. Not bad for $6.