Elegant DIY II
Images above, Melanie Acevedo for Domino, January/February 2006.
Some feel that DIY projects usually yield less than stellar results, but I think Mary McDonald's paper-covered file cabinet is a brilliant exception. The idea is to photocopy a favorite fabric or wallpaper, then use the enlarged image to cover a cabinet. For readers who are working on a new dorm room, or home office, I'm re-posting the helpful suggestions Mary sent me below:
"O.K. guys I see you need some instruction on the filing cabinet thing. First of all you must get an exact size of your filing cabinet and go to Kinkos to use the oversize copy machine. It is best to flirt with someone to help you before you make 75 copies the wrong size! Start with an image similar in ratio -- long and thin, then you can cut the weird edges off. If you just cannot be art school neat about it, make another different trim for the border to frame it. Use mounting spray, exacto knives and then lacquer it. You can use decoupage supplies too -- very self explanatory with directions. Try again!"