After reading this post over at Apartment Therapy, we ordered some oil cloth to line the drawers of an old chest in our bedroom. That project left us with quite a bit of extra cloth, so we decided to use some in our kitchen drawers, too...
Emma already wrote about one kitchen use for oil cloth, DIY Oil Cloth Trays, inspired by the same AT post. It's a great material for the kitchen, given its slick, laminate plastic surface that's easy to wipe clean. That's why it's frequently seen made into tablecloths.
But why not shelf liner? We love, love, love our LifeLiner, which we've written about before, and we aren't entirely ready to give up its incredible durability and simple, clean design.
Our silverware drawer, however, is right under our work surface, and it holds our measuring spoons, too—which means we open it dozens of times a day. We thought a little cheeriness was in order, like a nice pop of whimsy that could greet us when we went for our coffee spoon in the morning.
Here's our silverware drawer before:
Our oil cloth is not the color or pattern you normally think of; it's a very neutral brown lace design. So "cheery" might be stretching it. But we're neutral brown folks, so it works for us.
The oil cloth slides around more than the LifeLiner, so it wouldn't be as practical on a shelf where we're moving pots and pans or shifting pantry ingredients. For one drawer, though, it's a nice, happy touch.
• Buy oil cloth from Oilcloth Addict on Etsy.