How To Refresh a Craigslist Find

How To Refresh a Craigslist Find

Colleen Quinn
Feb 10, 2010

When on the hunt for a replacement for the engineered wood dresser I was using as a credenza, I lucked out and found a pair of 1960s Bassett dressers for $50 on Craigslist. Though they were in need of some TLC, I just knew with a little elbow grease they could be a wonderful addition to my eclectic living room. Using Target's Magic Cover Self Adhesive Liner, I was able to give these dirty old dresser drawers a new lease on life.

What You Need

2 rolls of Magic Cover Self Adhesive Liner

Measuring tape


1. Notice the faux-wood contact paper used to line drawers possibly decades ago — ugly, dirty, and bubbling.

2. Peel off contact paper. Notice and despise sticky residue left behind. Remark to self that drawer is already looking better!

3. Cut template based on measurements of drawer. Cut out corners to allow one-piece construction, thus eliminating pesky seams that might otherwise peel back and catch on future contents of drawer.

4. Measure depth of drawer bottom and mark the center on the liner paper (complicated because drawer fronts are curved).

5. Match center of drawer front to center mark on liner paper. Trace curve of drawer front onto paper.

6. Cut ½ inch tabs of varying depth across front of paper following the traced curve.

7. Fold down liner paper to make crisp creases that will sit firmly in drawer with no bubbled corners.

8. Set paper into drawer and peel off backing to adhere to drawer. Curse repeatedly until developing a feel for the process. Be thankful there is a learning curve — step 8 will be the longest step on Drawer One and the shortest step on Drawer Nine!

9. Smooth out any visible air bubbles using a straight edge like a plastic pot scraper or ruler.

10. Measure height of drawer front and cut final piece of liner paper.

11. Roll on final piece of liner covering up tabs that created the curve.

12. Reflect on beauty of new liner — clean, bright, and not bubbling. Fortify with beverage of choice before starting on the next drawer!

In the 18 months since I actually completed this project, the drawer liners have stayed fresh, unwrinkled, and lovely — I am definitely a fan of this adhesive paper from Target!

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Images: Colleen Quinn

Originally published on 07.18.2008 – CQ

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