Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fabric Covered File Box

I've been organizing my office space, trying to get books on shelves and to get rid of things I no longer want/need.  I decided to get rid of my file cabinet.

The file cabinet was being utilized as storage for only a few files so I decided to go from a cabinet to a box.  I had an old cardboard banker's box that would do the trick.  It is ugly and doesn't really go with the whole "look how cool I am. . . I'm organized AND stylish" look I'm going for.

Start with your ugly box, some fabric (or patterned paper) and some spray adhesive.  Also grab a pair of good scissors.

You might notice that I have all of this stuff sitting on some cardboard.  That's because spray adhesive is messy and hard to get off from things.  Cover your workspace!  I will feel bad for you if you get this stuff on your carpet but I won't feel guilty 'cause I warned you!

Cut your fabric to cover the outside of the box. 

Pick a side to start and give it a nice coating of the adhesive.

 Smooth on your fabric.

Make sure to leave overhang on both sides.  Continue around the entire box and fold up the last side to be even with the edge of the box to finish it up.

Fold the fabric in at the bottom like you are wrapping a present.  Squirt some adhesive under the fabric and stick it to the box.

I used two pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 paper to add a base to the box and make it a bit more "professional" looking.

Fold in the fabric to the inside of your box and tack into place with the adhesive.

I liked the look of the paper I used on the base so I cut 2 1/2 inch strips of the paper and used it inside the box to give some contrast.

I also covered the handle since I wasn't going to carry this box around.

I also decided to add a strip of paper around the outside to break up how busy the fabric is.

I used the spray adhesive on the back of the paper to stick it directly to the fabric.  Ribbon would have worked great, too, but I didn't have any I liked and this is a no-cost, all materials on hand, project.

Finished!  Fill with files. . . .
. . . . and set on the bookcase.  I may move this to a corner spot but I do like the look!  It will also be pushed in to the back of the bookcase most of the time so it doesn't stick out so much.

If I do it again:

I think a pretty wrapping paper would be an excellent thing to cover this box with.  I also toyed with the idea of burlap. . . I do adore the texture of burlap!

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