Saturday, May 3, 2014

DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover

Guess what, y'all! I went and got crafty! I know! Who would have thought?

Well, my foray into craftiness was brought about by necessity. See, the teacher who was in my classroom before me left me 3 filing cabinets when he retired. Apparently his filing system included using a sharpie on the outside of the cabinets themselves.

Filing-cabinet-before
 
It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do with the cabinets, but I knew I wanted to do something. Whatever I did had to be fairly simple because I needed to work on it during the school day between classes and during lunch. I couldn't take the cabinets apart because they were already full, and there was no room in the classroom to conveniently store the contents while I worked on them. Also, it needed to be cheap. If I'm going to spend a lot of money in my classroom, it needs to be for something that will directly benefit my students -- books for example.

At first, I tried using decorative scrapbooking paper, but that tore too easily. Then I hit on the idea of colorful duct tape. I was able to do one drawer at a time without leaving a big mess for the kids to get into to. It was easy enough for uncrafty me to do and still looks good. Here are some pictures in progress and finished.







I used a variety of patterns of Duck brand duct tape plus a washi tape trim to make it look tidy and finished.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It adds quite a bit to the classroom. 

What projects have you done with the decorative duct tape?




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