My husband and I both had stupidly busy weeks this week, as a result of which, we had to steal off for a 20-minute getaway at the grocery to have some time alone. Somewhere between gazing into each other’s eyes and scouring eight separate aisles for a misting spray bottle (the better to make my own cooking spray), I happened to notice some adorable shelf paper. ADORABLE. Shelf paper. I cast longing looks at it, and after my husband disappeared around a corner, I confess I even grabbed a roll. Since you know I like to live with art, however, you might be able to see where this is going. What if we could all have adorable shelf and drawer liners, COVERED WITH ART?!
To pursue this mission, I decided to skip the expensive shelf paper. Instead, I procured some industrial floor tiles from the hardware store for a whopping $0.62 cents a piece. (I’m so splurge.)
They aren’t pretty, but that’s where you come in!
To make these work in your kitchen (or desk) drawers, do some measuring first – and do it well! The great thing about industrial floor tiles is that you can simply score them with your X Acto knife, then bend and release! The unwanted tile all but falls away.
Once your tiles are cut, grab your gesso and go. Unless you’ve gone all superhuman on me, gesso will pool and gather on the edges, so wipe those with a rag before you start painting; otherwise, you may inadvertently redecorate your hands / clothes / life.
Once the tile is dry and prepped, the sky is the limit! Paint whatever you feel! Here’s what I did:
I routinely cook with my teenage son, which means that at some point during the dinner-making process, we spar. The reassuring text I wrote here says: “1 can tomatoes. 2 cups of beans. 3 big potatos. 4 quarts of spleen. 5 cups of water. 6 cups of wine. Add some love. It will all be fine.”
Once I finished the painting, I sprayed a couple of coats of Krylon and laid the tile in the drawer.
After you fill the drawer back up, you won’t be able to see your delightful masterpiece as clearly, I admit – or at least, not every day.
In the middle of making Thanksgiving dinner, however, when every measuring cup for six blocks has been used, your Cousin Alma will lean over and say, “What is that in your drawer?!” You will smile and remember this sentence. And I will congratulate you on living with art!