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Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

It’s a new year and I want to give a few rooms in our house a fresh new look. Our office was one of the first spaces I completed when I started this blog (has it really been 5 1/2 years!)

I’m tired of staring at the same room day after day. I know many of you feel the same way. You have that itch, or a burning desire to hop in the car and drive to your nearest Home Goods, World Market or The Container Store to buy cute colorful decor or storage bins. I almost caved into that desire because I was tired of looking at the two tone boxes I bought 6 years ago.  But, that would mean discarding the old ones. You know how I feel about throwing things away! If I can upcycle it, I’m going to!

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Within 10 minutes you could give a Magazine File Box a Facelift (or a storage box)! I saved a lot of money reusing the old. Factor in the gas money I saved by not driving to the store. And the time I saved by not leaving the house. I think I deserve a big fat high five! Put ‘er there fellow savers!

Here’s How to Give Your Magazine File Box a Facelift:

Materials:

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Metal ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Spray Mount

Instructions:

Remove the contents of your file box. Lay the box onto the back side of your scrapbook paper.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Draw a pencil line around the outside and the handle.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Use the x-acto knife to cut an “X” where the handle is.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Test fit the scrapbook paper onto the file box and cut any excess paper.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Spray a good coating of spray adhesive onto the back of the scrapbook paper.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Center it onto the box and press the paper firmly in place. Fold the “X” flaps inside the box and press against the inside of the box.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Repeat for the other boxes you want to cover.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

You can still see the old color on the sides, but 99.99% of the time they are stored on the shelves and most people won’t see the sides.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

I also gave the back of the bookcase a facelift with new fabric inserts. You can read how to add fabric backing to your shelves here.

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

I glued the scrapbook paper onto the magazine file boxes last year and the paper is still holding up fairly well. A few dog ears are appearing, but if I want a more permanent solution I can use mod podge to coat the outside. My desk is an entirely different story, it was this clean for a day. Now you’d be hard pressed to find the glass surface. It’s littered with papers now. That’s life in the Handy House!

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

I still have a yearning to makeover this space eventually. You can see some of my ideas in my Home Office Pinterest board.

Home Office Ideas

What do you think? A window and wall-to-wall shelves over the desks?

Magazine File Box Facelift | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have any file or magazine boxes you could give a quick facelift to?

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16 replies
  1. Diane
    Diane says:

    I went a step further and color-coded my magazine storage boxes that hold my quilt magazines. I used Christmas-themed paper to cover the box that holds Christmas project ideas; Autumn paper for seasonal projects and a misc. paper for the rest. Now I don’t have to hunt through so many magazines to find the quilt I want to make next.

    P.S. I love how you covered the back of the hutch

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  2. Bettye@bunnyhillcottage.com
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    I am working on an office re-do also. It’s taken awhile to figure out what color scheme I want in the room. I am going with a teal and yellow, kind of modern, look. It is slowly taking shape. I just recovered an index card storage box with decorative paper. Little things really do add up and make a difference.

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  3. Peg
    Peg says:

    Hi Brittany! Love your make over of the magazine boxes. That idea will work on the cardboard ones I have to make them all more cohesive in the grand scheme of decor in our home. The second item I noticed is the back of your bookshelf. Is that wallpaper or did you paint and stencil it? We have Ikea Billy bookcases going around a wall and a half in our family room (yes, we have a good problem in my house), and papering or stencil the backs would be a great way to give all that WHITE space some character and make it more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Donna Gray
    Donna Gray says:

    Brittany, where did you get your area rug. I am redoing my office and those colors are similar to what I am using. What are the actual colors ? Thank you for the great tips! And I love your office

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