Introduction: Super Simple File Cabinet Upcycle

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It's free and ridiculously simple! Upcycle your boring file cabinet in 1 hour.

Step 1: Find a Boring File Cabinet

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During our office remodel, and while I was watching paint dry  - no joke - I had a look at our plain white metal file cabinet in the middle of the room and thought, "I can do better than that." So, off I went to my beautifully organized craft storage room junk collection closet and pulled out some wallpaper samples that I like to collect for when that 'perfect project' inspiration hits. I like to take a few wallpaper samples each time I visit my local home builder's store.

Step 2: Glue

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After a quick cleaning of the lower part of the cabinet with a Mr. Clean magic eraser (which of course I have to bring back with me each time I visit the U.S. since we don't have them here in Sweden yet), I cut the wallpaper to the size of the cabinet drawer fronts. Then it was time to arrange the papers by using tape and switching them around until I was happy. Next came a kitchen sponge to smear on some good ol' fashioned glue (like Elmer's), straight onto the cabinet. 

Step 3: Exacto!

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Up went the wallpaper piece, and out came an exacto knife to slice off those extra bits hanging over the edges.

Step 4: The Reveal

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Ta-dah! Here she is - all dressed up and nowhere to go. But she does has a fresh new space to stand in.

Step 5: Before and After

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Here's a look at the before and after. It was a super simple upcycle project - and with freebie wallpaper samples that I keep around, it didn't cost me a penny! Just an hour of time.


ArtsyFartsyGirl (author)2011-10-03

That's beautiful!

Dream Dragon (author)2011-08-23

You seem to have forgotten something on your "Materials list"...

Approximately a million pieces of PURE AWESOME!

Well Done!

@Dream Dragon - that gave me a good chuckle! Thanks!
Mike @ BVC

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