With more and more people working from home these days (including myself!) sometimes getting organised can be a bit of a drag. January always feels like a good time to do this with a fresh clean slate of a year stretching out in front of me, but my paperwork and magazine collections don’t seem to get any smaller and I’m loathed to throw away my favourites! So, I was looking for a pretty and practical solution to house all my various bits and pieces.
I had been looking for some magazine files but spending £12-£20 each on ones that matched my décor just seemed like way too much. I decided with my stash of leftover wallpaper I would upcycle some really inexpensive cardboard ones that not only worked with my colour scheme, but looked a lot more expensive than they were.
Obviously you can use any wallpaper you have, but you might consider trying things like leftover wrapping paper as well. As long as it’s a bit thicker, you shouldn’t have any trouble. I also decided to dress up the files using simple pulls and bookplates, I was able to update the look and quality with very little effort. Now I know immediately what is in each file and I can easily pull them off the shelf with the little ring pull.
here's what you'll need...
- Simple cardboard box files
- Leftover wallpaper (or wrapping paper) in complementary patterns or colours
- Metal bookplates
- Small decorative ring pulls
- Metallic gold spray paint
- PVA Glue or Paper craft glue
- A foam brush to apply the PVA
- A pencil
- A small screwdriver
- A large piece of cardboard or old newspaper to protect your work surfaces