Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Mapping out" the kitchen cabinets

 I have been contemplating getting some heavy wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby to line our kitchen cabinet drawers all-the-while fearing that isn't going to last through the toddler years. Separately, I have been trying to figure out what to do with my 4'-0" x6'-0" outdated map of Mecklenburg County (where I live). I thought about lamp shades, wallpaper, framing it and the list goes on. Suddenly, sitting at my desk I thought.


Here's what you'll need:

A vinyl map. (think school maps that roll up and down)
*Most of you may not have access to a map like this, but think of other items in your home that you have that may be a good liner - (left over wall paper, book covers etc.)
spray glue
scissors or an exacto knife
laser level
measuring tape
drawers (ha-ha!)

It's as simple as this:
1.Count your drawers and measure them. Chances are, several are the same depth and width. Create a template for each size drawer with a piece of paper. (Yours will probably be a little less wrinkled. My, ehem, assistant is 15 months old)

2.Draw out the bottom measurements on the map.
Cut away.

3.Go to a well ventilated space and spray glue the backs of the map. (Do one at a time. Flimsy paper with adhesive on the back is not manageable en mass)

4.Smooth the map onto the bottom of the drawer. Carefully center it, and align in the front of the drawer holding the edges, then push out from the middle to the edges.


and the final product looks like this:

And they wipe down!


  1. Thank you!! It's a nice detail that you don't expect when opening a drawer. Have a nice day!

  2. I LOVE the maps. Might have to steal that idea, but you'll get full credit! Excellent!

  3. they have actually been working out really well for us. They stay put! Thank you, Colleen!

  4. This is a great idea! I could try it.

  5. Thank you, Kristin! I hope all is well!