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Monday, February 13, 2012

A Slip Covered Filing Cabinet

    With space in our home going at a premium these days, all of our rooms have to perform many functions. So let me introduce you to our Living Room/Office!


     Can you see it there in the corner, just peeking out from under the lamp? Its our filing cabinet {a.k.a.The big ugly}. Let me show you what I mean.


     For a while now I have tried to disguise big ugly with a kitchen towel and some books, but this look was doing no one any favors.


     The moment I brought it into the living room {because it was of no use in the back of the closet, and I needed better access}, I knew I had to do something to disguise this thing. I thought about painting it but was scared off by the bit of rust on the top and I didn't want it to stand out. The goal was disguise.

     I'm a huge fan of drop cloths and decided to make a slip cover out of this fabric for my filing cabinet. {If you use a drop cloth make sure you wash, dry and iron it first that way you can wash your slip cover in the future without fear of it shrinking. Here's how it turned out:


     Aaahhhhhh! Mas Mejor! {Much Better}

     If you want to make one of your own, its really simple. In fact I followed these same steps a few years ago to cover an ugly end table I had at the time.

     First, measure for your 5 panels {4 sides and 1 top}. Give yourself a half inch seam allowance on each side. You will hem each of your panels on 3 sides {the sides and bottom}. If you are going to use ties, measure up from the bottom where you want them to go and pin them in.



     I sewed back and forth over the ribbon when I sewed up my seam just for reinforcement 3 times.



     Once your 4 side panels are done, pin them like you would a slip cover, inside out on your filing cabinet.



     Once everything lines up well, stitch her up! And that's all there is to it!




     When I want to do my filing, I can untie the ties and lift up the flap. And no one needs to know that this room serves as my office as well! ;)





I'm linking up here:
http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/2012/02/nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no101.html
http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/02/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-1.html
http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/2012/02/cowgirl-up-party-2.html
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/2012/02/show-me-what-ya-got-61.html
http://chattychics.com/2012/02/14/need-inspiration-wild-wednesday-3/
http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2012/02/anything-goes-56.html
http://diybydesign.blogspot.com/2012/02/winter-blues-wednesday-its-party-52.html
http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2012/02/overflowing-with-creativity-9.html
 http://www.atthepicketfence.com/2012/02/welcome-to-inspiration-friday-no-52.html
 http://www.frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/2012/02/feathered-nest-friday_16.html
 http://twenty-eight-0-five.blogspot.com/2012/02/potpourri-friday-24.html
 http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/2012/02/annie-sloan-project-pretty-little.html

46 comments:

  1. Jody, what a fantastic idea!! Well done! I'm your newest linky follower. I would love it if you followed back and linked up to my little party: http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/02/show-off-saturday-1.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  2. That is a wonderful idea! There's nothing less exciting than a metal file cabinet, but you have disguised it so well.

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  3. This is such a creative idea!I would love for you stop by and link up at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  4. This is such an awesome idea, I can see I'm not the first to ask you to link up your project! I would love for you to join Cowgirl Up at http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/2012/02/cowgirl-up-party-2.html. It's one party on 4 blogs. I'm a new LF follower too!

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  5. What a great idea! I used to have weird furniture pieces that were like place holders for when I could afford/find/thrift exactly what I want. I'm gonna "file" this away for next time!

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  6. Good idea, I like the brown ribbons. Elegant touch.

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  7. Great idea, it looks so classy now! It's funny because when I saw your link at Tuesday's Treasures Linky Party I had to do a double take. I have the exact same fireplace as yours! LOL!

    Tania

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  8. Great way to disguise your filing cabinet!
    Mary Alice

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  9. This is a really cool idea! Pinning this for the future. Glad I found you at the linky part at It's Overflowing.
    Kristen @ Titus 2 Work in Progress

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  10. Great idea! Thanks for linking up to "Cowgirl Up!". Hope you'll be back next week too.
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

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  11. Karen Nykamp KamphuisFebruary 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Jody,
    I think that you should do a house proud on the Nate Berkus Show! You have done an amazing job of your home! I love the Nate Berkus show, he has some really good ideas and he has about 20 years experience!

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  12. What a great way to hide your file cabinet - it looks great!

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  13. Nice and neat! A very creative idea! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

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  14. Fabulous idea :) So creative and I have to say your nail color is fabulous :)
    XO

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  15. Oh my goodness...I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I can't wait to see what you link up at my party tomorrow! I LOVE following you...you're so inspiring! Just a little reminder, my giveaway for 1000 free FULL color business cards ends at midnight!! Stop by and enter to wiN!

    XO, Aimee

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  16. Ahh I need to make one for my mom, hate the way her file cabinet looks in her room. Great idea!

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  17. Great idea, I love that brown ribbons..

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