My desk is multifunctional with it being used not only for VA work but for crafts, blogging and a place to keep my household 'affairs' in order. I decided that the thing I needed most urgently was some filing trays; something in which to organise incoming work and mail before it is actioned and filed away.
I did find some lovely options for filing trays but the ones I fancied weren't quite in keeping with my 'thrifty living' ways at the moment. This led me to hunt around in my hoard to figure out what I already had that I could use. My search led me to a stash of FLYT Magazine Files by Ikea that I purchased a while ago.
|Photo from Ikea.com|
A bargain at £1.60 for 5 and great if you have a vision for adapting them. When I bought them I had intentions to cover them with something but they were promptly added to bookcase and filled up so this project is 'on the list'. These files didn't really fit the bill used in the traditional way so I popped them on their side and stacked them like this
I felt that with a bit of stability and a spruce up, this could be the perfect solution. So heres how I made my lovely new filing tray!
Firstly I needed to make sure the sides were strong so that files didn't bow with the weight of anything put in them. I got myself a large piece of 3mm thick hardboard from B&Q which costs £3. Using the front and back of a file to mark out rectangles on the board, I cut them out using a stanley knife (careful now) and inserted the rectangles into the front and back of each file to make sure they were a good fit and not too small. Then I dug out some rolls of wallpaper which I acquired from a Scrapstore. I went for three different patterns which were all a similar shade of green. I thought this would give the perfect spring look.
After cutting out a rectangle of each paper large enough to cover all sides of one file, I used a pencil to trace around all four edges. I traced around the front of the file first and then turned the file onto its side and traced that section and so on. The shape you have on the paper should look like this.
Then you need to cut it out BUT remember to leave a 1cm section around the edge of your marked out line. this will be used to cover the edges of your files. Like this...
Here comes the fun bit…GLUE. I also sourced my PVA glue from my Scrapstore but any PVA will do. After removing the hardboard inserts, I covered the long rectangle section of the traced shape (the longer side of the magazine file) and placed the file onto the template. I then covered one side of the file itself with glue and carefully pulled the paper taut, placing it over this side of the file; doing the same again on the other side and then the front, trimming the excess to make the edge neat.
..and stacked the files in the preferred order. My files still had some glue on the edges to these are stuck together but it is of course up to you whether you leave them to dry before stacking or you glue them.
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