File cabinets are an unfortunate fact of life: by the time you hit your mid-twenties you’ve accumulated a sizable portion of your life on paper. From transcripts to manuscripts, recipes to medical records, vehicle registrations to credit card statements, that shit can’t just sit in a corner of your closet. It’s absurd to buy a new file cabinet, because we both know you’re gonna score that tan, banged up number off Craigslist for $30. Of course, now you’re stuck looking at a hideous piece of drab office-drone furniture from 1987.
Or, you know, not.
If you’ve got some Modge Podge and wrapping paper, or some paint, you can upgrade that ugly utilitarian box pretty quickly. If you don’t really trust yourself with a paintbrush, using some contact paper or colored duct tape in a pattern, or, use those super-hip wall decals. All you’re really going to need to do is take apart the file cabinet, clean it, then go to town with your wallpaper/contact paper/spray paint/duct tape design. Wait for it to dry, then reassemble. Bonus idea: consider adding new drawer pulls.
This example use a faux wood front to screw the draw pulls into.