November 25, 2011

Magazine File Makeover

They just don't make 'em like they used to. 

Years ago, wood magazine files from Ikea were solid, varnished and not sliver-giving at all.  Not true today.  But, because my city's Ikea is moving locations, the sliver-giving, unfinished, kind of woobly magazine files produced today were on sale ($9.99, as opposed to $12.99, for a pair) and that made them look a lot better.  What made them even more attractive was a lick of paint.

After lightly sanding and rounding the corners a bit (so they aren't so sharp - jeez, Ikea) I gave them a coat of primer and two coats of leftover pale turquoise paint from my paper storage hoozit.  Because the paper storage hoozit was left light wood inside, I left these light wood inside too, because it was easier for a little subtle coordination.

Before:

Ikea Magazine Files (set of 2, slivers included)

The Transformation:


After:



I know, a pretty subtle transformation but I don't really want to draw attention to them.  Now I have to get them on the shelves and photograph my Ikea Expedit Hack.  Yup, it is done.  Just waiting for a sunny day to snap some photos!  I'm such a tease . . . hope you're not all underwhelmed after all this hype.

10 comments:

  1. They look really nice, and I like them much better with the inside unpainted than I would if they were all turquoise. Good call! I can't wait to see what you did with the Expedit.

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  2. Yay!!!!!!! I can't wait to see the Expedit hack!!!!! I've looked at those magazine holders at Ikea several times. I guess I just can't bring myself to spend that much. Yours look great, I really like the color. :) :)

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  3. Great colour choice! I like that you left the inside wood au natural.

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  4. Thanks Ladies!

    Faith - they are a bit pricey, but anything cheaper is made of cardboard and it seems anything better quality is even MORE money. But if your Ikea has a sale like mine, maybe you can get them for a better price.

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  5. Love the colour. Very subtle but beautiful. Big improvement!

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  6. Sometimes subtle transformations are more desirable, aren't they? I'd rather draw attention to prettier aspects of my office, but sprucing up the files a bit makes them look better without making them a focal point.

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  7. They look great. I really love the paint color you chose. I made one of your spiders the other day and it looks great. Will share pictures soon. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  8. Oooo, Beatrice I can't wait to see your spider!! I've been busy making them, too, and am planning a post with photos of a few dozen I've made, for inspiration/ogling purposes.

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  9. They look very pretty. I love the color you chose for them :)

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