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DIY Desk Drawer Cover

May 24, 2022

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My tiny kitchen desk didn't give me enough room to work, so I made a cover for my desk drawer and, in minutes, I increased my workspace.

Oh, I made it pretty, too.

White Board Chalk Board Scrap on table

Crafting of any kind has always been my most favorite form of escapism.

For some people it's reading, for others it's vacation.

For me, it's creating.

So among all the renovation chaos in my home at the moment, you can bet that I've been elbow deep in paint and glue to take my mind off the mess.

And while decor DIYs and thrifty makeovers are most plentiful around here, projects that involve coming up with creative solutions to everyday problems are actually my favorite.

I like the challenge.

And living in a tiny cottage, trust me, there are plenty of them.

The latest involved organizing my desk.

It's a lovely area, with those fabric covered glass cabinets.

And one I spend a ton of time at...composing posts, planning out projects, paying bills and sometimes just watching an old movie. However. It's not big.

This was my reality most days.

Messy Kitchen Desk|

I often ran out of space and one day, a few years ago, I found myself pivoting in my office chair and using my desk drawer for the overload.

But obviously it was not ideal.

Making The Most Of Your Desk Space using open drawer

I was constantly trying to balance my books and papers on the ledge. A losing proposition, and that's when the lightbulb went on.

I thought that if I could find a thin piece of plywood, I could make a cover for the drawer and increase my workspace, without interrupting the function of the drawer.

Kind of like the old fashioned bread drawer covers.

Of course, I'm just the idea girl around here. The engineering part of the plan was left up to Mr. Handy Dandy.

And right away he said he had the solution in the garage.

White Board Chalk Board Scrap on table

A leftover piece of whiteboard/ chalkboard that he could cut to size.

It was perfect.

White Board Desk Drawer Cover

It was thin enough to slide right into the drawer frame, so I wouldn't have to store it anywhere when I needed to shut the drawer. 

A must in a house that is already short of storage.

Drawer Cover For Desk Workspace that slides into desk

It was heavy enough to stay put, but also light enough that when I needed something in the drawer, like a calculator or pen, I could just slide it over with ease.

Sliding Desk Drawer Cover Over

It worked out very, very well. 

Except it was kind of boring. And plain.

And that's just not my style.

My first instinct was to paint it and then maybe stencil it or add a vinyl furniture transfer

However, one day a few weeks ago, I wandered into Dollar Tree and found this floral contact paper.

Dollar Tree Contact Paper

Rolls of cottage style roses for $1.25 each - inflation, but still totally worth it - and so easy to apply to my board. Just peel and stick.

I knew immediately that it was the answer.

The paper was a nice weight, had measurement marks printed on the back and separated easily. Trust me, that's not always the case.

Cutting Contact Paper with scissors

To add it to the board, I just measured, cut and stuck in on the front first, anchoring it with folded corners on the back.

Contact Paper Folded Corners

Then I added a rectangular piece to the back to cover all the seams.

How To Cover A Board With Contact Paper

I did use my contact paper credit card trick to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles, but overall the task took me less than 10 minutes to complete.

When I was done, not only did I have a fabulous new work area, but a charming one as well.

Desk Drawer Cover with black and white contact paper

A lovely solution to a small cottage problem.

As well as a few moments of crafting zen.

Increasing Desk Space DIY

All for about $2.50.

Plus tax.

So much cheaper than a vacation. 

Don't you agree? 

What do you do to relax?


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    1. Thanks Pat! It's made such a difference.

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  2. I love that peel and stick wallpaper you added! It adds so much charm to it now.

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    1. Thank you so much! It's worked out so well and that paper made it pretty to look at...which is also a must for me. 😉

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  3. What a fantastic idea!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope it helps someone else with a similar issue.

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  4. Genius. Love this so much. Very pretty. Have a good week. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! Small house problems! Haha! I know you get it.

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  5. Now that's an ingenious idea!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tina! It definitely solved my problem.

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  6. This is genius!!
    Kathleen - kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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    1. You are so sweet, Kathleen! Thank you!!

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  7. This is brilliant! So easy, so cute and yet, a huge change for you! If I had a set up like that, I would be copying you so quick. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Mari! You’re always so kind. I used to work at the kitchen table, but the desk really is more comfortable and now I have enough room to spread out.

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  8. Clever and pretty! - Briana from Texas

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    1. Thanks Briana! It certainly is pretty. Gotta love that Dollar Tree...

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  9. Lately I'm not sure what relaxation even is...but I do love little projects like this!

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    1. Little projects are my favorite, too. Doable…and quick.

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  10. OMGOODNESS this is one of your very best ideas. I love it, and of course I love how you embellished it! :D

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    1. Thanks so much, Ricki Jill! It really is one of my favorites since it's made my day to day a bit easier.

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  11. I see the words brilliant and genius (and I agree!) in the comments above, but let me add one more: clever. Clever at 3 levels: you solved a space problem, you didn't add or bring anything else into the house, and you made it beautiful! Thank you for walking us through this, it will no doubt stir up a little 'clever-ness' in all of us! My zen is sewing, and I am mostly a straight line sewer. I am working on cafe curtains for the kitchen window right now, and then some pillow covers for fall and Christmas.

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    1. Why thank you, Kristine! You just made my morning. What a lovely comment to wake up to. ☺️ I'm a straight line sewer, too! Your cafe curtains sound very charming. Enjoy the process and your soon to be new view!

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  12. I swear I thought of the word "brilliant' before I saw all of the other comments, but, that's what it is! My go-to for relaxation is taking pictures. Just realized I haven't taken any in awhile, so I think it's time to relax!

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    1. I love your photos, Amy! I do hope you’ll get a chance to take a few more to share very soon. And thanks!

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  13. What a great idea! Now you have an "L" shaped desk! I paint or walk on the beach to relax.

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    1. I do! It's been so helpful...and I love painting and beach walks, too, Penny. Very relaxing.

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  14. Oh my!! This is perfect! I love the idea and how you made it "YOU".. pinning, because I need more room for my work space.

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    1. Thanks Carla! This one was so easy and it’s made a huge difference in my workspace. Sometimes, it really is the little things!

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie!! I fell in love with those flowers as soon as I saw them.

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  16. What a beautiful and pragmatic way to add space! It's pretty and does just what you want it to. Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! It's worked out very well.

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  17. What a great idea for your work desk to add some more space and it looks pretty too. Enjoy Kim!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie! It's been pretty helpful.

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  18. Another brilliant idea lol. Love this paper it's so pretty

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    1. Thank you very much...and isn't it great paper? Love that Dollar Tree.

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  19. You call crafting/DIY 'Escapism', I call it 'Therapy'. Either way, it's a way of life for both of us! I love your drawer cover, it's the perfect solution for your space, Kim. Well done!

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    1. A definite way of life, Ann! The process feeds me for sure. Thanks for the sweet comment and I can't wait for tomorrow's hop. I love all the inspiring ideas.

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  20. Crafting doesn't do it for me, but reading does. Love your sweet little drawer though. Aren't you thankful for a Mr. Handy Dandy???!!!

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    1. Thanks Florence! I love the newest addition to my kitchen. It was a quick and easy fix and yes, grateful for that man every single day.

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  21. Perfect solution, Kim! You and your hubby are a great team!

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  22. Kim,
    What a great idea!! Love the addition of the wall paper!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend...Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  23. I love this so much. Perfect for those of us who live in small spaces. xo Laura

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  24. At the risk of repeating what everyone else said.... BRILLIANT!!! Such an amazing idea and so doable. Love it and how you dressed it up too.

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