A file cabinet is a great organization tool and a necessity for most people, but let's face it. It's a big eyesore! Some people buy their file cabinets from secondhand stores, so they are typically pretty beaten up. Mine was actually brand new when I got it, but it came in this ugly putty color. I recently decided that I needed to do something about it. So, I covered it in woodgrain looking contact paper to make it fit in better with the bedroom decor.

Materials - Contact paper ($5.68) (I used woodgrain, but I also think a crisp white would have looked nice.);    scissors ($2); plastic card, like a store rewards card, to smooth out bubbles (free); screwdriver ($1); X-Acto knife ($5); tape measure ($2)

Time - Approximately 6 hours

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Step 1: Measure the width and length of the drawers

Add about 3/4 of an inch to each side, and then cut four pieces of contact paper that size. (FYI: I didn't need to take the drawers out to apply the contact paper.)
<p>How long was the roll you bought? Did 1 roll do the whole cabinet?</p>
<p>I'm going to cover some IKEA shoe holders in a rattan-look contact paper. They're a dark wood and I need them lighter to blend in with a new decor scheme.</p>
looks great! are these type of paper hard to find?
ooh weird,,,,<br> woody cabinet, <strong>youve done a good tidy diligent job, </strong><br> trying to make my mind up if i love it or hate it ,metal pretending to be wood thats actually plastic.<br> <em>(i like the curved army green file cabinets personally</em>) <em>but my cabinets are going rusty, some are painted ones got chrome fablon off cuts on it</em>.<br> your cabinet is defiantly a visual/conceptual curve ball even though its all straight edges!<strong><br> excellent work !</strong><br> am i the only one getting the marmite effect?<br> <strong>thanks for sharing</strong>
Thank you very much! :) Best of luck!
very nice , i will try this, it looks very professional!