File This Away

Filing cabinets are ugly. Let's face it, they never really look that great. But they are functional and as you become a grown up they seem almost necessary. Suddenly you have to keep track of insurance information, credit card agreements, leases, car titles, bills, medical things... the list keeps going.

But did I mention they are ugly?

Check out the monster in my closet:

Yup. I'll admit it. It was pretty bad. It was also very messy. Over a year ago I decided it would be a grand idea to spray paint it lime green.

That was a bad idea.

I have quite a bit of paintable wallpaper left over from when I did my kitchen and have been trying to think of other ways that I could use it.

Filing cabinet, meet paintable wallpaper!

Since the usual method of applying wallpaper involves getting the paper wet and then applying it to a wall. Well that doesn't work quite the same with a metal file cabinet. So I used handy dandy spray adhesive! That stuff is amazing and it's only $6.99. You can get it at almost any craft store!

Obviously I need to cut my grass. But I laid the cabinet on the side so that I could do one at a time. I definitely suggest wearing plastic gloves when working with spray adhesive because it gets sticky and gets all over the place.

I did the same thing on the other side of the cabinet. I cut a small piece for the bottom edge of the cabinet, making sure that the tiles line up.

It was actually fairly quick and easy. To cover all the sides only took me a few minutes. I used a razor to cut down the excess on the sides to get a good fit.

After everything was attached I used regular white gloss spray paint and covered the entire thing with several coats. I also spray painted the drawers the same white color.

The plain white drawers still looked a little too "file-cabinet-y" so I added this wallpaper border I found on clearance an eon ago to give it some classic personality.

And here's the final product:

I love the difference! I think for the first time it went pretty well. It still looks a little filing cabinet-y but hey. At least now it's a classy cabinet!

Linked to:Christina's Adventures: 20 Below Thursday DIY Dreamer,   Lil Luna, Savvy Southern Style,  Primitive & Proper House of Grace House of Hepworths Beyond the Picket Fence


  1. Bleh...why do they have to make filing cabinets so ugly?! It's so hard to hide the ugliness, but adding the paintable wallpaper was pretty genius! It looks a lot better now! And now I want some paintable wallpaper!

  2. so much better! i agree= why do filing cabinets have to be so ugly to start! we could be onto something here. :)

  3. I don't think you should regret having painted it lime green.... because it resulted is you re-doing it... and it looks FABULOUS!!!!

    I REALLY hope you are planning on sharing this over at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!! :)

    1. Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!


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