Sprucing Up An Old File Cabinet

It’s that time of year, a very bittersweet time of year.  Summer is starting to come to a close and that means school is starting! One of my favorite things to do around this time is to get into my classroom and start organizing.  I recently went in to get started and was completely shocked when I walked into my classroom and saw this…

Yeah, that poses a bit of a problem.  Luckily, what I wanted to do that day didn’t require my furniture or books to be in the room but I will get back to you on that project in another post.  Let’s just say it’s safe to say the next few post will benefit anyone who is looking to stay organized, not just teachers.  So after all my furniture made it’s way back into my room I decided to freshen up an old plastic filing cabinet. The plastic bins first needed some major cleaning.  There were some old stickers on them that needed to come off pronto and some major dusting too!  The top drawer holds files and the bottom holds some materials from some projects that we do.  The point of this project is to hide all of the goodies I have inside.  It just isn’t very attractive. 

I emptied both drawers and used Goo Gone to get the stickers off.  I then dusted all around.  It’s pretty amazing how dusty things can get when neglected. 

Now for the inside.  I stopped at Michaels and picked up some scrapbook paper to place on the inside. 

Since the paper isn’t the exact size as the top or sides I laid it inside and created a crease by pushing it against the sides so I would know where to cut.

I continued doing that all around and then cut until it was a perfect match.

Since the drawers are a little frosted I just put double sided tape all over to hold the paper in place.  Before I taped them down I used them as tracers for the other drawer. 

Then I followed the same steps of the sides and put all the files and materials back inside.  I think he…she?(I can’t decide) looks great and now no one has to know about the mess that’s inside.

Since I’ve got that Goo Gone out, how about I get rid of that neon sticker!


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