Inspired by a recent post from KonichiwaKay (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251701.0
), I decided to re-cover a rather ugly "box" of my own...But first, a bit of backstory: My husband has had these cubes, which we use as side tables, since well
before we were married. I think they were once props from a department store his mom managed back in the day. He had covered them with a bunch of old stickers and memorabilia when he was a teenager. Very cool, but it was starting to get torn and (ick!) a little moldy-looking. I'd been ignoring that by covering them with some bright green and purple fabric from my own retail days, but I couldn't stand it anymore.
First, I cleaned the heck out of it. No more moldy-looking bits - woo! Then, I picked up some cheapie Martha Stewart craft/wrapping paper in a pretty aqua color that matches our spare room, and promptly re-covered the cube. It took two rolls (it's a pretty large cube). For the top of the cube, I put a layer of aqua glassine paper over the flower-patterned paper to make it look a bit more muted. In order to protect the paper, I also covered it in some clear, sticky drawer liner (also, apparently, from Martha) that I had in the closet. Unfortunately, I don't have any before pics (I got too excited at the prospect of redoing it), but here's the after....
And an "action" shot of the cube holding my old stereo:
You can probably see a few wrinkles or bubbles in the plastic. I should have worked with slightly smaller sheets, but I think it turned out fairly well despite that. Most of the seams are on the sides and back (which you don't see). At any rate, it matches the room a heck of a lot better than it did before. I heart it