How To: Wallpaper a Filing Cabinet
Melbourne

How To: Wallpaper a Filing Cabinet
Melbourne

Jenny Butler
Sep 17, 2008

We were flicking through an issue of last years Notebook magazine and came across a 'how to' that we thought looked elegant and easy to do. The 'how to wallpaper a filing cabinet' is not just limited to wrapping paper as suggested, you could use fabric, newspaper, pages from books, sheets of music or even wallpaper! Full instructions after the jump…

How to wallpaper a filing cabinet

What you will need:


  • Heavyweight wrapping paper [or your material of choice]

  • Spray adhesive

  • Ruler or measuring tape

  • Scissors

  • Scalpel

  • Soft, clean cloth


1. Remove the drawers and measure drawer front carefully. Cut paper to size, allowing for a 1cm overlap to cover edges.

2. Spray the front of the drawers with adhesive, apply some to the edges also. Place the cut paper on the prepared drawers and use a soft cloth to neatly smooth the paper, working from the centre out. Set aside to dry. Small bubbles can be pricked with a pin and smoothed away before the glue is completely dry.

3. Cover the top and sides of the cabinet using the same method as per above.

4. To cover the front of the cabinet, spray the adhesive over the drawer frame and fix a sheet of paper over the entire area. Smooth as above. Let it dry a little, then use your blade to cut an 'X' into each drawer space. This will allow you to trim the paper neatly, leaving a small edge to fold and glue in place. [This might not be the most effective way of doing things but it would depend on how your filing cabinet is built].

5. When all elements have completely dried, put the drawers back in place.

Edited from Notebook Magazine April 2007

Easy done! We have an ugly green filing cabinet that will be receiving this treatment as soon as we can agree on the covering material.

Have you ever revamped a filing cabinet?

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