The very first pin to my “Craft Ideas” board was this one:Via Sherry, who pinned it from Simplified Bee, who got it from Martha (just redirected to the home page, and um, Martha. I think you know that one).
So, um, that’s what I did. I know. Not that exciting. But I love how it turned out. It probably isn’t the most lasting job ever, but (just as I said way back when) the cabinet on the porch was the one that got switched up, and I don’t actually use that drawer much (although now I want to start!) I will be lining the drawers to my new buffet, but need to wait for the final (right color) coat of paint, so I’m not ready for that one yet, and that won’t be paint. But I’m glad I got to practice with this project.
It was pretty straightforward:
Start with this:
And then measure your drawers inside dimensions (flat part AND the edges, measured separately)
Do some math (yay!) to compare your map size to your drawer—mine had 3-in. edges, with an 11×27-in. bottom, and my map was 24×36 in. I wanted to trim off the border edges anyhow, which pretty much took care of trimming the sides. But the top and the bottom needed to lose
7 6 inches. I realized I needed some edge so I could attach it to the drawer, so I ended up doing 3.5-in. edges. I measured off the front of the map to get a rough idea of where I wanted it to go (if it were a consistent pattern, this wouldn’t have mattered, but I didn’t want it to look all weird and awkward with the map not centered).
Once I determined the dimensions, I measured in from the edge, connected my points with a yardstick, and either:
a) drew a line and then cut the excess off OR
b) used the yardstick as a guide to crease where I wanted the map to fold
When all the trimming was done, and I had the creases done, I cut out most of the corners, leaving a small flap so I could seal it off and then cutting all the way in to where my creases intersected. I folded back each crease to form the drawer shape in advance.
Then I crossed my fingers.
Rightfully so. Adding an extra half inch was a good idea, but I probably should have subtracted an eighth of an inch on the bottom. One side fit perfectly, but one short end was squished. 😦 Not the end of the world, I just used the bone folder to redo the crease, but I did rip it a bit…oh well, I doubt anyone but me would notice.
It looks great, and I keep going out on the porch to open the drawer. You know, to make sure its still cute and I still love it. Which I do. Success.
What have you pinned and actually DONE?