Filing Cabinet and Contact Paper - Amazing!

Hello! Hope your school year is off to a FANTABULOUS start!

This is a quick blog post about the amazing transformation of an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan! Ok, well, beautiful might be a stretch - but it's at least an attractive swan!

Here is the before picture:

Easy renovation for filing cabinet
Incredibly shabby!
I couldn't look at this crooked, squeaky filing cabinet for one more minute!

Armed with a roll of contact paper from Walmart, a hammer, and a screwdriver, I got busy. I will be the first to admit that I man-handled this filing cabinet. I stuck the screwdriver between the label holder and tugged and pulled until it popped out. It was somewhat bent up, but I hammered it flat again. That's the man-handling part. 

I'm sure there is a more gentle, skillful way of beating that little label holder into submission, but I'm not sure how else to do it. It did take a bit of muscle. The handles simply unscrew from inside the drawers.

Covering the filing cabinet drawer fronts with the contact paper was pretty easy. The hardest part is smoothing out the bubbles and getting the contact paper edges straight.

Contact Paper makeover for filing cabinet

This is how the filing cabinet currently looks. I need to spray pain the label holders - maybe black! If you look closely, you will notice that they are fairly rusty looking right now.  That's for another day when it's not so hot in the classroom!

Contact Paper project for filing cabinets
Old stickers are ugly!
One final tip - if you have old stickers and can't peel them off with your fingernails (blech!), ask your custodian for some adhesive remover and a razor blade. You obviously don't want the razor blade around when your students are present, but the adhesive remover should also only be used in well ventilated areas without students present. 

All in all, this simple project was very, very, VERY worth my time! I am happy with how it turned out. I'd love to see your filing cabinets after you cover them with contact paper!

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