Use Chic Shelf Paper to Transform a File Cabinet

Chic Shelf Paper was thrilled to be featured in the September 2012 issue of HGTV Magazine! The editors showcased how easy it is to turn flea market finds into fabulous items for your home in the feature, “Flea Market Flips.”  You can see from the photo that they took a boring, beige file cabinet and blinged it up with gold paint and Chic Shelf Paper’s Gold Leaf Damask pattern.  Doesn’t it look cool?!

I love the idea of recycling used household items and furniture. We can personalize things we use all the time (which is always satisfying) and save the landfills too. It’s a win-win.

Here are the complete instructions.

Materials Needed:

  • screwdriver
  • medium-grit sandpaper
  • all-purpose spray cleaner
  • paintbrush
  • acrylic primer for metal
  • latex paint
  • adhesive shelf paper
  • metal ruler
  • utility knife
  • straight edge (like an old credit card)

1. Clean and Prep

Remove the cabinet’s hardware. Note how it was assembled so you can put it back on later. Rough up the metal with the sandpaper, then wipe down the cabinet with the cleaner.

2. Prime and Paint

Prime the cabinet — except the drawer fronts, which you’ll be covering — and let dry. Then paint over the areas you primed. We used Bee’s Wax by HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. Let dry.

3. Add Shelf Paper

Measure a drawer front and add 3/8″ to each side. Draw measurements on the back of the shelf paper (we used Chic Shelf Paper in Gold Leaf Damask, and cut with the utility knife. Unpeel the top of the paper and wrap it around the drawer’s top edge. Slowly unpeel a little more at a time, smoothing the paper over the front of the drawer, first with your hands, then with the straight edge, to eliminate air bubbles. Make a small cut in each corner of the shelf paper; neatly wrap it over the drawer’s edges. Repeat for the other drawers, then reattach the hardware, puncturing through the paper.

If you have an unusual application for Chic Shelf Paper, drop us a line! We would love to showcase it!

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