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:
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.
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!
|Old stickers are ugly!|
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!