Marble Effect Filling Cabinet

This is such a simple but effective project to help update your drab filing cabinets. Make sure you also check out my how to paint a filing cabinet post, another effective but more time consuming approach to updating your office furniture.
Depending on the size of your cabinet, I recommend just covering the draws with the marble effect plastic. I also recommend having someone to help you with this project, it can be a bit fiddly when sticking the plastic on, I roped in my friend Catherine to help me with mine.

What you need

1. Filing cabinet
2. Marble effect sticky plastic (I used d-c-fix's marble effect from B&Q)
3. Tape Measure
4. Scissors
5. Scalpel

How To

1. Remove your draws and if possible, the draw fronts. My draw fronts easily removed by unscrewing them from the main draws. By just having the fronts, it makes life a lot easier and allows you to get the handles off easily.
2. Remove any handles you might have on your draw fronts. My plastic ones popped out by pushing them from the back. I recommend removing the handles as this allows you to lay the plastic easily, without having to cut around any obstacles. This also meant that my marble effect would run through the label area (see image below).
3. Measure your draws and work out what size you need for the plastic. Me and Catherine decided on an extra 5mm around each edge to allow us to fold the plastic over. I probably would have gone at least 10mm as you can see from the photo below it only covers half the draw edge.
4. Cut your plastic to the decided size. Make sure you keep the order of your cut plastic sheets. This will allow you to place your plastic on in the correct order so the pattern flows throughout the draws. If you mix the pattern up or put one upside down, your cabinet may look a bit strange.
5. Start by peeling a bit of the backing from the plastic and place onto the draw, allowing the decided amount of overlap to hang off the edges. Slowly unpeel the rest of the backing whilst someone smooths the plastic onto the draw front. Make sure you don't have any air bubbles by pressing down firmly as your smooth the plastic on, also go really slowly when peeling the backing off.
6. Once the plastic has been applied, fold the edges over and make a slight snip into the corners to allow them to fold and stick over one another. See how we did ours below.

7. If, like mine, you need to cut the plastic to allow your handle to sit back in, do this with a scalpel.
8. Place the handle back onto the draw front.
9. Place the front draws back onto the cabinet in the correct order, as to allow the pattern to run evenly throughout the draws. Make sure you don't have your draw covers upside down either.
10. Stand back and admire your handywork!

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