We love Mod Podge around here! It is a product that has been around for ages and has been used in countless projects. The product continuously reinvents itself with mediums made for specific purposes.
We love to use it for the interior of drawers :). Let’s see how to do this!
Gather your supplies:
- Mod Podge in Matte Finish (my preference – use gloss finishes if you prefer)
- chip brush
- small disposable container
- exacto knife
- 12″ metal ruler (optional)
- vintage book that you don’t mind taking apart
Make sure the drawer is clean and dust free. I like to use my shop vac to get into the nooks and crannies. If the drawer is old, who knows what is in there! If you have any spots like dried up gum (yuck!) then use a scrapper or putty knife to loosen it. Be sure to vacuum all the yucky bits up!
Remove enough pages from the book to cover the area. You can tear out the pages carefully or use the Exacto knife and a straight metal ruler.
Pour a bit of the Mod Podge into the disposable container. I like to do this because the jar of Mod Podge can be a bit cumbersom. The smaller container is just easier to manage. 🙂
You can see that I started making progress before the camera came out!
Start by dabbing on some of the Mod Podge in the area that the page will cover. Be careful to not paint too much beyond the size of the page. Mod Podge dries quickly so you do not want to get to far ahead of yourself.
Spread the Mod Podge very thin. If the pages are made from thin paper, this this layer will help them not to wrinkle up too much. Also, be sure to avoid going up the sides of the drawer with the Mod Podge. That can get sticky when laying down the pages 🙂 I am using a vintage Webster’s Dictionary and the pages are pretty thin.
Lay down the first page starting at a corner. Make sure the corner of the page is snug into the corner of the drawer before you lay down the whole page. There will be a bit of wiggle room with the paper, depending on the thickness. Go slowly and lay down the rest of the page.
I like to hold onto the corner of the paper before I completely lay it down. This way, if I missed and areas with the Mod Podge, I can quickly paint some on.
Use your thumb to smooth out any bubbles as you are laying down the paper. Once the paper makes contact with the Mod Podge be careful not to lift the page. Thin paper especially, will tear once it has the Mod Podge on it.
Go slowly with this. Put on a audiobook or a good movie and take your time!
The end of the handle of the chip brush is great for pressing down the corners of the pages. Use a light touch, that paper becomes fragile once it is dampened with the Mod Podge and can tear easily!
I like to have the pages meet up with the sides of the drawer, but sometimes this doesn’t work out. The drawer may not be square or I wasn’t paying close enough attention :). If that is the case with your drawer, use the Exacto knife AFTER it is all completely dry, and cut away the excess. A sharp blade is important here.
Here you can see how the pages overlap one another. I really like this look a lot. It is a nice little surprise when the drawer is opened!
Let the drawer dry completely! It won’t take long because thin layers of Mod Podge were used.
After the drawer is completely dry, apply a thin layer of Minwax Water Based Polycrylic. This will seal the pages to give them a bit more protection. Two coats can be applied if the drawer will be used heavily. Read the label for drying time, but 1-2 hours is usually long enough.
Let the interior of the drawer dry completely and place the drawer back where it belongs! This particular drawer belongs in an awesome tool box that we converted into a coffee table. We added casters after cleaning it up and painting it. My husband added the farmhouse style top.
Hee is the whole project finished! This tool box was well used and will continue to be well used! All three drawers have the book page interiors. What a great addition to any living space!
Thanks for stopping in to learn about the custom book page drawers! Look around your own home for some drawers that need a little attention 🙂