Welcome to part two of my toolbox repurpose! In case you missed the original post, I refinished my Grandfather’s hand-built toolbox and repurposed it as a beverage cart to use in my dining room!
I absolutely love this piece and now that all the hard work is finished, I decided to add some finishing touches to it so that I could use it to store things such as table linens, serving pieces, etc.
Last week, Michaels featured a picture of their new repositionable wallpaper on their Instagram page and it just happened to come at the perfect time for me! I was thinking about what I would line the drawers of the toolbox with and definitely didn’t want anything permanent. I remember my Grandmother lining a few of her small dresser drawers with wallpaper but after removing the wallpaper in my first house, which ended in tears and a call to the fire department (I’ll tell you about that some other time), I swore off wallpaper for good. Even though I have heard of repositionable wallpaper in recent years, I was still skeptical after such a bad experience. Well, here it is fifteen years later and I am rethinking this whole thing.
I enjoyed working with this repositionable wallpaper so much, that I am now trying out a few leftover strips in the hall and the bathroom. I have tested this wallpaper by peeling it and moving it around and it still sticks nicely to the surface, with no clean up of excess water and adhesive involved. Now I have a nice surface in the drawers of my serving cart…and the colors really add a lot to it!
Since I was using this to line drawers, I didn’t measure as the instructions called for when applying it to walls. I knew that the width would cover the drawers, so I just held it over the top and marked where I would cut. I treated this more like wrapping paper for this project, folding it over and creasing a straight line, then cutting along the fold.
The backing just peeled right off! Once I set the wallpaper inside the drawers, I just cut the excess with a utility knife.
Like most projects, it does take time if you want it done right. I wouldn’t say it was completed quickly but it was very easy to do and I was so happy with how I could easily correct any mistakes I made. If it wasn’t set exactly right I just peeled it off and readjusted it to line up correctly.
I love the colorful drawers liners! I had plenty of wallpaper left over on the roll after completing the drawers, but I used the leftover strips I had cut to place in the smaller divided sections in the top of the toolbox.
The toolbox also had these hard plastic dividers inside to separate his tools. I thought since it was a storage piece in my dining room now, why not use them to separate and store the silverware? After a good cleaning, of course…
I am surprised how many pieces fit inside. This is definitely a great storage piece!
Thank you, Michaels! I really enjoyed this project and I am now a fan of wallpaper…well, this kind of wallpaper anyway!