filing cabinet

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Repurposed filing cabinets

 

Trend: Repurposed Filing Cabinets.

Are you no longer in need of that old filing cabinet? Don’t toss it, instead repurpose it into something more useful!

 

Kitchen Rolling Cart made from an old Filing Cabinet, via Curbly.

From filing cabinet to vintage kids kitchen, via Kristin Rogers Photography.

Add some color to update your filing cabinet, from Cecily Mae Handmade.

So clever! Filing cabinet turned garage organizer, from Trash to Treasure Blog.

File Cabinet Planters, from Boopy Projects.

File Cabinet + Door Desk, from The Tortoise and The Hare.

 Filing Cabinet Table, from Better Homes and Gardens.

Filing Cabinet Side Table, from The Paper Mama on BHG.

Filing cabinet turned fabric organizer! Awesome idea, from Sew Many Ways.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Filing Cabinet Side Table

Trend: Filing Cabinet Side Table

The ‘ol filing cabinet, once used for organizing our many MANY papers, is now headed towards extinction. I don’t know about you, but the majority of my bills and other items are digital and saved on my mass storage drive. I’m no longer weighed down with a crazy collection of wasted paper. So, what do we do with this “antique” filing systems? We find a new use.

 

I found this little file cabinet at a thrift shop for $5. It was scratched/dented and not the prettiest color. I always see these cabinets hanging around at thrift shops and this got me thinking… how can I reuse these relics? I turned this short tabletop file cabinet into a little side table. To see how I did this, check it out below.

- First, clean up your filing cabinet. Then, use some painters tape to cover up anything you don’t want painted. I wanted to keep the silver handles clean for this side table. I used an X-acto knife to trim off any excess tape. Pull out the drawers to spray separately.

- Next, in a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors), spray two layers of primer paint. Let it dry at least an hour.

 

- Add some color! I used 3 layers of a pale blue spray paint, from Valspar. Since this color ONLY came in matte, I added a shiny clear coating over the entire table.  Let dry for at least 48 hours.

 

- Prep your table legs. I liked the shape and style of the Waddell Table Legs, from Lowes. The only down side, the legs were way too tall for a side table. SO, I cut each leg down to 14.5 inches high and drilled a hole (using a 5/16 inch wood drill bit) to add a new hole for each table leg. Add these 5/16 inch hanger bolts to replace the bolt section you cut off on these legs.

 

- Place these table leg tops on each corner of the bottom of the cabinet and use a permanent marker to mark a hole in the center. Use a 5/16 inch metal drill bit to drill a hole for each corner.

- Put each table leg top on the INSIDE of the cabinet, in each corner, and screw in the legs (one at a time).

 

- Place in your office, living room, studio, or right next to your table. Enjoy.

ENJOY! I use this little table to store my ribbons, tapes, and other things I need quickly.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama