Jazzing up file cabinets and shelves? :)

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  1. BreezyGirl

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    I visited my room today to drop off resources and to get an idea of what I need to do. The teacher did an amazing job at just leaving what might be helpful/useful to me. I don't need to do a huge purge.

    But, I noticed that the room is all mismatched with cabinetry and shelves. Oh. And the lovely metal file cabinets! I know I can brighten it up and make it special. Which leads me to this question...

    Has anyone used contact paper on file cabinets or bookshelves? If so, how did it turn out? Did it last awhile? Was it hard to do?

    I've seen some cute designs with contact paper and washi tape. I would love to do all black with splashes of colour from the washi tape (trim).
    Any suggestions or advice would be most appreciated.

    It's exciting that I have a blank canvas to work with!
     
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    I did contact paper. It was a pain to get smooth but it's held up nicely!
     
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    Did you do it in sections? Some people did the whole sides and top as one. It sounds like a pain, but it also looks nice. :)
     
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    I can do a lot with a can of spray paint, Contact paper, and colorful duct tape and washi tape.
     
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    I did scrapbook paper and mod ported it on one. Used some matching border to make it pop.
     
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    I have a few absolutely hideous shelves in my room. The worst one has half-peeled off contact paper. I think I'm just going to put new contact paper over it and call it good. Dollar tree has some bright ones now. Obviously, what is on there does not come off easily.
     
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    I just did it on one side :lol: The back and other side are against the wall so you can't see it and the top is always covered with things.
     
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    I am thinking I will attempt the contact paper and washi tape on the smaller cabinet first. If it works out, I will do the other one. I like the idea of not doing all of it if the cabinet is against the wall. I'm thinking a pattern might be more forgiving than a solid colour. I will see what patterns they have. Wish me luck!!!
     
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    And the side you choose to decorate, you can use as a decorative magnetic bulletin board. :)
     
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    I love that idea!!! It will be a work in progress! I will go and see what styles I can find. I do still like the idea of all one colour with a border. I don't have a theme. I'm more of a bright coloured person. It just has to look happy!
     
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    Another idea...if you can wait a week into school:

    Get some solid white Contact paper. Get some primary colors in paint. Put each color in a pie pan (or such).

    Have your kids dip their hand into the pain and then strategically have them print their hands onto the Contact paper.

    Wait until it dries and then apply as you would normally! :)

    I think it would be very cute, and I think the kids would get a kick out of "christening" your cabinet for years to come. As they get older and visit you, they can find their hand and see how their hand has changed. :)

    Just an idea!
     
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    I love this!!! The school I am at is K-12 so they would totally come back and visit. I'm in Grade 5/6 but I love handprints! I've only used the clear contact paper. Are the colours a designs a different material?
     
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    Well, here in the States, I've seen solid white Contact paper, and if I recall correctly, it can definitely be painted.
     
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    I might just do that! I'm sure I can find it here. Though, there are definately more options in the states.
     
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    BreezyGirl--check the household section of Walmart for white shelf liner.
     
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    For the metal file cabinets, I just cover them with magnets.
     
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    No, I haven't...but if you want to go that route, I know of a chalkboard paint with which people have had success.
     
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    Before you put out any money or start, be sure to check to be sure you are able to; we aren't able to make any permanent changes (paint, etc) to any furniture or equipment that isn't our property.
     

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