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Simple Furniture Makeover + Pretty Shelf and Drawer Liners (Courtney’s Apartment)

by | Jan 6, 2022 | A Lovely January, Courtney, Creative Before & After, Creative Inspiration & Projects, DIY, Rental

Simple Furniture Makeover + Pretty Shelf and Drawer Liners (Courtney's Apartment)

Hi friends, it’s Courtney (one of Melissa’s daughter’s) here! I wanted to share a simple furniture makeover project I did last night as part of A Lovely January! (If you missed it, we’re doing a home challenge this month to make progress on a room in your home, read more and join us here.)

Last night I was at home seeing snow start to fall again and dreaming of spring (I am READY for spring!). I decided instead of curling up under a blanket and watching a show to relax, it would actually bring me the most joy to turn on a podcast, mosey around my apartment, move things around, organize, make things prettier etc. My mom calls that puttering! One of my favorite pastimes, too. :)

Then the next thing I knew I was doing a little DIY project of sorts! I don’t really consider myself a DIY loving gal…but this was as simple update that made me real happy.

PS, don’t miss at the end of this post I shared a round-up of lots of pretty drawer/shelf liners, many of which can also be used as peel and stick wallpaper!

Simple Furniture Makeover + Pretty Shelf and Drawer Liners (Courtney's Apartment)

This little cabinet was in my mom’s new house when she bought it and she didn’t need it, so she gave it to me. I love it in my little entry! I had a half round table here before, but this gives me much better storage and is just cute.

The inside had some damage on the bottom shelf, but I had an idea to spruce it up!

Simple Furniture Makeover + Pretty Shelf and Drawer Liners (Courtney's Apartment)

I already had this pretty contact paper I bought years ago (you can get it on Amazon HERE or I also found it here), so I decided to line the shelves with it to cover up the damaged part and make it all prettier! (I shared more drawer liner sources at the end of this post!).

Here’s how it turned out:

Simple Furniture Makeover + Pretty Shelf and Drawer Liners (Courtney's Apartment)

It probably took me like 20-30 minutes and a wee bit of patience with the sticky contact paper–I’m so glad I did it! It’s not perfect, but so much better. It makes me happy every time I open it now! Simple joys! I love that you can see it through the glass at the top too.

Simple Furniture Makeover + Pretty Shelf and Drawer Liners (Courtney's Apartment)

This project ended up inspiring me to improve so many other little things around my apartment last night. I cleared up some space in my laundry closet and put things in my new cabinet (when you live in 500 square feet, that tiny amount of storage added is an absolute GAME CHANGER, ha!). You can tour my whole apartment in this post.

I also got inspired to line another drawer with the contact paper and just tidied things up all around, finished other simple lingering tasks I’d been putting off…I was on a roll! Funny how seeing progress on one thing that took so little effort can motivate you to do so much more.

I’ve been loving our “A Lovely January” challenge as motivation to make little improvements around my home–I recently rearranged my living room too and shared it on my Instagram stories. It’s been so fun seeing your progress, too! Keep sharing on your social media with the hashtag #alovelyjanuary and in our Facebook group!

You can follow me on Instagram for more apartment updates, peeks at my wedding planning, pie making and more! I love sharing bits of life on Instagram and it’s been such a fun way to connect with you all. I have lots of highlights saved if you’re just catching up. Feel free to come say hello there, I love hearing from you! :)


If you want to try lining a drawer or shelf with contact paper, I rounded up lots of pretty options below! It makes me want to line ALL THE DRAWERS! Lots of these can be used as peel and stick removable wallpaper, too.

More Drawer/Shelf Liners + Peel and Stick Removable Wallpaper Sources (click images below for details):

Simple Furniture Makeover + Pretty Shelf and Drawer Liners (Courtney's Apartment)

Related Post:

Making Things Pretty: Drawer and Shelf Liners in the Kitchen

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