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Texture and spray paint kraft paper to cover a file cabinet and make a frame and waste basket to match. Create the perfect blend of colors for your own space.

Finished sizes:  14" x 18" x 35" File Cabinet
   12" x 12" x 13" tall Waste Basket
            9 1/2" x 11 1/2" Frame


Skill:    2    Time:    2    Cost:    2

You will need:

FILE CABINET
•  3-drawer new or recycled file cabinet
•  Spray paint* (one can each): October Brown, Moss Green, Mineral Blue, Flat Black
•  Gray spray primer*
•  Antique Gold metallic spray paint*
•  Clear matte spray finish*
•  3 1/2 yds. 30" wide kraft paper
•  Spray adhesive*
•  Craft glue*
Cloth, newspapers, pencil, ruler, sandpaper, scissors, small container for mixing glue, sponge brush

WASTE BASKET & FRAME
Two 1/2" x 20" x 30" foam-filled board* (any color)
One 3/16" x 20" x 30" foam-filled board* (any color)
2 1/2" yds. of 30" wide kraft paper
Four metal corners (optional)
Metal easel (optional)
Craft knife (and new blade) & mat*
Sticky dot stamper*
Glue stick*

FOR ALL
•  Spray paint* (one can each): October Brown, Moss Green, Mineral Blue, Flat Black
•  Gray spray primer*
•  Antique Gold metallic spray paint*
•  Clear matte spray finish*
•  3 1/2 yds. 30" wide kraft paper
•  Spray adhesive*
•  Craft glue*
Cloth, newspapers, pencil, metal ruler, sandpaper, scissors, small container for mixing glue, sponge brush

*The following products were used for this project: Design Master Color Tool Spray Color, Primer, Metallics, Tack 1000 Spray Adhesive, Clear Finish • Elmer’s Craft Bond Fabric & Paper Glue, Extra Strength Glue StickSticky Dot Stamper, X-ACTO Gripster knife and self-healing cutting mat.

Note: For product information, see page end of article.


•  Use spray paints only outside or in a well-ventilated area.
•  Protect work surface with newspaper.
•  Allow all paint, adhesives, etc. to dry between steps.

File Cabinet
STEP 1: Sand file cabinet.
Remove drawer handles from inside. Lightly sand fronts of drawers and outside of file cabinet to rough up surface. Wipe with damp cloth. 

STEP 2: Cut and crinkle paper. Measure and cut three pieces of kraft paper 2" larger than drawer front. Crinkle each paper into a ball and unwrap paper slightly, being careful not to flatten completely. (Photo A).

STEP 3: Paint paper.
Place wrinkled paper onto newspapers. Hold Moss Green can down, as close to level with paper as possible and lightly spray from that angle only. Note: Can will be nearly touching table. This angle will allow paint to cover one side of the wrinkles while other side will remain original paper color. Do not spray from top at all. (Photo B).
Spray Moss Green on second wrinkled paper and Mineral Blue on third piece in same way. Let dry.

STEP 4: Cut, crinkle, & spray brown paper.
For cabinet, measure and cut kraft paper pieces as follows: two 30" x 40"; one 14" x 22"; and one 4" x 14". Crinkle, unwrap papers, and spray using October Brown in same way as paper for drawers.

STEP 5: Fit paper. Without gluing, ask someone to help check that papers will fit on cabinet as follows: Hold one 30" x 40" piece vertically at front right (allowing 2" to fold toward front) and place against side, wrapping around to back, ending at center back. Repeat on front left, wrapping around to slightly overlap first piece at center back. Note: Top and bottom of pieces will extend 2" or so above and below the cabinet and will later fold over onto top of and underneath cabinet. Check that 14" x 22" piece fits across top, extending over edge to top front and down into drawer opening. Finally, check that 4" x 14" piece can wrap around bottom front in same way. Note: Any piecing that might be needed won’t show due to both the pattern and the texture of the paper.

STEP 6: Cover drawers & cabinet. Work on one drawer first. Spray adhesive on back side of paper and front of drawer. Allow 60 seconds before assembly or according to manufacturer's directions (Photo C). Position and press paper on drawer front, gently pressing paper from center out (Photo D). Smooth to remove major wrinkles but small ones are fine! Fold and glue excess paper to inside of drawer. Repeat with other two drawers and cabinet. Note: Remember to leave paper to wrap around to front, top, and bottom.
 
STEP 7: Apply glue. Use sponge brush to mix two parts glue and one part water in plastic container. Brush glue onto cabinet and drawers, covering all paper-covered areas. Let dry overnight. Spray cabinet and drawers with matte finish.

STEP 8: Spray drawer handles. Prime handles with spray primer. Spray handles with October Brown and lightly mist Flat Black and Antique Gold. Reinsert handles into drawers.

Waste Basket
•  Print full-sized pattern here.

STEP 1: Measure & cut foam board. For sides, trace pattern four times on foam board and cut out using craft knife, metal ruler, and cutting mat. For bottom, cut 7" x 8" piece. Note: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper with several passes of the knife. Replace blades often.

STEP 2: Cut & crinkle paper. Place foam board panel on kraft paper. Measure and cut four pieces of paper approx. 2" larger than panel. Cut 9" x 10" piece of paper for bottom. For inside of waste basket, cut four pieces of kraft paper according to pattern and a 9" x 10" piece for inside bottom. Crinkle each paper into a ball and unwrap paper slightly, being careful not to flatten completely. Keep separated to avoid confusing inside and outside pieces.

STEP 3: Paint paper. Place one piece of wrinkled paper onto newspapers. Hold Moss Green can as close to level with paper as possible and lightly spray from that angle in same way as Step 3 of File Cabinet instructions. Continue to spray all papers. Set aside all inside paper pieces to use later.

STEP 4: Cover foam board panels. Work on one side panel at a time. Spray adhesive on back of an outside piece of paper, as well as on front of panel. Allow 60 seconds before assembly, according to manufacturer's instructions. Position and press paper onto panel, gently pressing paper from center out. Smooth to remove major wrinkles but small ones are fine. Fold edge of paper around edge of foam and onto other side. Fold corners as you would wrap a package. Continue covering outsides of panels and bottom.

STEP 5: Glue inside papers. Work on one panel at a time. Place foam board paper-covered side down and apply glue stick. Position and press on inside paper, smoothing in same way as in Step 4. Continue covering insides of panels and bottom.

STEP 6: Assemble waste basket. Position two panels (with insides to inside). Apply hot glue along edge of one panel and press against other panel to set. Before gluing next panel, be sure inside is in and that fourth panel will fit correctly. Glue fourth panel and let dry completely. Place bottom piece (with the inside facing up) into box, carefully wedging down into place.

STEP 7: Apply glue. In plastic container, use sponge brush to mix two parts fabric & paper glue to one part water. Use sponge brush to apply glue to waste basket, completely covering. Let dry overnight. Spray with matte finish.

Frame
STEP 1: Measure & cut foam board.
Cut one 9 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangle from 1/2"-thick foam board for front and one from 3/16" thick foam board for the backing. On front piece, draw lines 3" in from each edge to make 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" opening. Cut out pieces using craft knife, metal ruler, and cutting mat. Note: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper with several passes of the knife. Replace blades often.

STEP 2: Cut & crinkle paper. Place both foam board panels on kraft paper. Measure and cut two pieces of paper 2" larger than each panel. Crinkle each paper into a ball and unwrap paper slightly, being careful not to flatten completely.

STEP 3: Paint paper. Paint using Mineral Blue in same way as Step 3 of Waste Basket instructions.

STEP 4: Cover foam board panels.
Cover both panels in same way as Step 4 of Waste Basket instructions. Cut an "X" in center of front panel from inside corner to inside corner, fold and gluing flaps to inside. Note: Use scraps of paper to piece inside corners if needed.
 

STEP 5: Apply glue.
Apply glue to both panels in same way as Step 7 of Waste Basket instructions.

STEP 6: Paint metal corners. Spray metal corners with October Brown, then lightly mist with Flat Black and Antique Gold.


STEP 7: Assemble frame. Center 4" x 6" photo on inside of back panel and use sticky dots to apply, checking to be sure photo aligns with opening on front panel. Use sticky dots to attach front to back. Use fabric and paper glue to attach metal corners to edges of front panel only. Note: Leave the back free of glue in order to later change photo if you like.


Sources:

Design Master

(303) 443-5214
www.DMColor.com

Elmer's Products, Inc.

(888) 435-6377

www.elmers.com
 

 


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