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Refurbished Printer Drawer

How To Varnish and Refurbish A Printer Drawer

Refurbished Printer Drawer Steps

I’m having so much fun cleaning and painting this old letterpress printer drawer! Sorta makes me feel old  now that printshops are getting rid of them and technology have moved beyond a need for as many of them. Im seeing them for sale all over the place …. But that’s great for me! Cause it looks adorable on my studio wall 🙂

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Here’s a sneak peak at the finished product….

How to Clean a Printer tray

Printer Drawer hanging in my home office.

(I did a blog post on cleaning and prepping for painting here.)

Now that it’s all clean, it’s time to start the fun part. Let’s get painting!


Supplies I Used:


Here’s how I varnished the printer drawer

I used a 1-inch dry brush and simply brushed on the gel varnish in all the little nooks and crannies.

Make sure you only use a small amount, brushing it into the wood and smoothing it out. I barely used much and also used this can for a couple other projects and it’s only a 1/4 of the way gone!

I mostly went along the grain. In some smaller spots that were difficult to reach I just dug in there – Either way, make sure the varnish is smooth. Do a few sections at a time before going back and wiping off the extra gel varnish. That lets the varnish set in a little bit before removing the excess and be sure to work it in to make it look smooth.

I then wiped it smooth with the rag removing any extra varnish and touch up any spots I missed.

It wasn’t a big project but it took a little extra time to get all those little sections. The smell of this varnish wasn’t too bad so I worked on it while watching TV in the evenings. It probably took me a few hours total. I let this dry a few days then tackled the painting.


Painting my Vintage Printer Drawer

Printer Tray Annie Sloan Brush

Printer Drawer with Annie Sloan Paint

I love chalk painting!! Mostly cause chalk painting steps are always the same 3 or 4 simple steps with great results …

Chalk Paint Simple Steps

  1. Clean piece with damp rag and let dry
  2. Chalk paint 2 coats (first coat usually always looks awful, but keep going!)
  3. {*optional step} Distress (I sanded some spots for a distressed look)
  4. Seal with a wax (I used a little Annie Sloan dark and some of her clear wax to get that old look)
Printer Tray

Painting the Printer Drawer in my Kitchen

Wha-laaaa! All Done. Add the hardware and hang that puppy up. I actually used one nail and then hot glued it since I was simply for decoration. I added some old printing dies I got with it and my old logo embossing

For the handle, I actually used one nail and then hot glued it since I was simply for decoration. I didn’t want the nail to show on the inside, this seemed be the fasted solution. I added some old printing dies I got with it and my old logo embossing die I have. For a creative feel, I added some rubber stamps I use on a regular basis when crafting. To finish it off, I added some metal words I picked up at a garage sale years ago. I thought about cutting some paper and adding some splashes of color to the back fo couple squares. I might add a few flowers in it too. (Mostly cause I have umpteen jars of them in my studio.

Now to decorate it! I added some old printing dies I got with it and my old logo embossing die I have. For a creative feel, I added some rubber stamps I use on a regular basis when crafting. To finish it off, I added some metal words I picked up at a garage sale years ago. I thought about cutting some paper and adding some splashes of color to the back fo couple squares. I might add a few flowers in it too. (Mostly cause I have umpteen jars of them in my studio.

Now to decorate this little gem!

I added some old printing dies I got with it and my old logo embossing die I have. For a creative feel, I added some rubber stamps I use on a regular basis when crafting. To finish it off, I added some metal words I picked up at a garage sale years ago. I thought about cutting some paper (or material) and adding some splashes of color to the back of a couple squares. I might add a few flowers in it too. (Mostly cause I have umpteen jars of them in my studio.)

I added some old printing dies I got with it and my old logo embossing die I have. For a creative feel, I added some rubber stamps I use on a regular basis when crafting. To finish it off, I added some metal words I picked up at a garage sale years ago. I thought about cutting some paper and adding some splashes of color to the back fo couple squares. I might add a few flowers in it too. (Mostly cause I have umpteen jars of them in my studio. Haha

Printer Drawer Finished

Printer Drawer Finished

Happy Crafting!

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How to Clean a Printer tray

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