I know, I know … I’m supposed to be filing.
But the minute I started checking out filing cabinets online I just couldn’t shift back to this pile.
Seriously, the second I hit publish on this post, I pulled my ugly beast out of the corner and got to work.
But I didn’t. See, the air here is so salty, REALLY salty … but you don’t realize it. It doesn’t taste salty. There aren’t little specks of salt flying all around.
But then one day you can’t work the zipper on your
beer cooler backpack, and your knives aren’t sharp anymore, and your filing cabinet that has been sitting in a corner, not near any open doors or windows, and hasn’t been swimming in the sea … is rusty and bubbling with corrosion.
So I knew I couldn’t just repaint her without ending up with the same result. But I should have known that the rust would bleed through my book pages. I mean, half of the faux co page recipe is water.
I should have known. But I didn’t. And short of putting an entirely new coat of book pages on her, which only a
crazy very thorough person would do, I’ve got what I got. And luckily for me, I love her! I mean, imperfection IS the new black. ;)
And, I know it looks like part of it is still wet in the pics … but it’s not. Those are the areas that I had sanded down so obviously if the finish is a different shade it is going to show through the book pages that way. Again, I didn’t really realize that was going to happen … but the haphazardness of it all suits me just fine.
The whole project took about 4 hours. The body of the cabinet goes VERY quickly, the edging and the front are where you’ll need some patience.
Oh, and here’s some wisdom straight out of Book Page Math for Dummies … when you’re figuring out how many book pages you have available – I had page 350 to 460 left in the book I had already used for a Christmas ornament and my Pass It On projects - REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE 2 PAGES PER SHEET!
Any guesses who didn’t think that way?!? Sigh.
My exact train of thought was – “I’ve got plenty, there’s no way I’ll use over 100 sheets”. The second part of that thought was spot on … it was the first part that gave me a little trouble.
Don’t worry, I’d laugh at me too. :)
So, I had to break into another book. And, because I can over think anything, I put some serious contemplation into it and came up with … Water for Elephants. Have you read it? I highly recommend it. I loved the book and Joel and I saw the movie together and we both actually liked it. Trust me, that does not happen very often. Odds are significantly stacked against us since we go to approximately 2 movies a year together.
And then when I realized the book had pictures, I thought it’d be fun to include those on the front. A little visual reminder of a fun little date night with my man every time I reach for some paperwork. Smile.
If you’re interested in faux-co-paging your own
anything filing cabinet, here are my tips:
1. White glue mixes really well with water. I’ve never even seen Mod Podge in real life but I start with a 1:1 mixture of white glue to water, you can always add more water. (If you have and want to use Mod Podge I suggest just following the directions on the bottle.) :)
2. Keep a small container of water close by. Your finger tips will get sticky and this helps clean them, and provide a little extra moisture for book page workability around the corners.
3. Let the layer of book pages dry completely before trying to work over it.
4. After your book page layer has dried make sure all of the tips and edges are securely stuck, I use 100% glue for this step.
5. If you end up with any bubbles after it’s dry, just cut a slit in the book page where the bubble is and re-faux-co-page it flat. You won’t even notice it once it’s dry again.
6. Tear your book pages to the size you need with the help of a straight edge … then you get the torn page look without a lot of wonky angles.
7. Take your time. Some sheets/corners/angles are just stubborn for one reason or another. I had much better luck waiting it out to make sure it was right than rushing through to the next piece … and needing to go back. :/
8. Finish it off with an overlay of faux-co-page and a couple coats of clear spray varnish and you’re good to go.
All-in-all I’m stoked with the result. She’s not buried in the corner anymore and placed prominently beside my work space she provides much-needed extra surface area. The rust and lines might bother some, but her new-found eclecticness (not a word?) feels right at home here.
To see how to make the coral and shell picture holders click here.
And yes, you might notice in the pic, this little project has inspired me to get organized with my other office supplies. And no, I’m not done with my filing yet. One might call it procrasti-organizing.
What do you think? Have you ever upgraded the look of your filing cabinet? Do you even think this is an upgrade? :) Ever spend time on a project you really didn’t need to do to procrastinate doing something you really should be doing?