Our new dresser really did not need anything done to it, besides a good cleaning. There was hardly any scratches, dings, or discoloration in the finish. We lucked out!
But there was one problem I could not live with...the lining in the drawers.
It was this dated sea shell contact paper. Yuck.
There was also an odor that smelled like a perfume or powder that was very strong. So, my Saturday night was filled with ripping out the remaining liner and scrubbing drawers.
I considered leaving the drawers with nothing in them, but the adhesive from the contact paper left a film and took off some of the finish in the drawers.
Remembering a post I saw on Young House Love, I decided to make a trip to Michael's for Mod Podge and pretty paper. I found the Mod Podge, but no pretty paper. I did not want something too girly or too boyish. Our purpose of this dresser is for storage in our office. Later, we would like to move it to a nursery when we decide to have little ones. Then it dawned on!
In college, I had purchased this awesome rice paper for a project, that I ended up never using. This was the exact look I was going for!
The only problem, I did not have enough to line all nine drawers.
I started finding other pieces of rice paper that I never used!
I quickly got to work!
Ugh...stupid lighting! Sorry, me and my flash were not getting along.
I am very pleased with the outcome! The Mod Podge created a transparent look with the paper. It gave a very natural and interesting look! One thing to warn anyone who has not worked with Mod Podge before, the smell is not best. I had to stop after awhile and walk away from it, but it is a non toxic material.
The only problem I am left with, the odor that was originally left in the drawers. Does anyone know how to get the smell out of drawers? Scrubbing with Murphy's Oil Soup did not work and neither did relining the drawers. Any advise would be great!