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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


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 


DIY-ify: Mini Herb Garden

Trend: Mini Gardens

In need of a garden, but don’t have the space? No worries. I can help you out. I’m rethinking the hanging planter today. Instead of hanging, I’ve added some wire, moss, and some time to make a much more interesting addition to my little tiny home.

With a little bit of time you can recreate this. Here’s what you need:

Supplies:

- 1 hanging planter (with coconut liner)

- 1 twelve inch section of hardware cloth

- Wire

- Wire cutters

- Pliers

- Gloves

- 1 package of sheet moss

- Dirt

- Herbs

Directions:

- Use a marker to trace a half circle onto your hardware cloth.

- Use your wire cutters to cut out your traced shape. Set aside.

- Cut your hanging planter coconut liner in half. Set aside.

- Use your pliers and wire to attach the cut our shape to the front half of your hanging planter. Tip: also fold back any sharp points sticking out on top.

- Optional: If you’d like plants to grow out the front of the planter, like mine, cut out a couple of uneven holes in the mesh.

- Flip the planter over and use your wire to wrap around the back of the planter (to hold in the moss).

- Line the back wire with your sheet moss. I do this so the moss shows, instead of the coconut liner.

- Add the coconut liner inside of the planter. If you’d like, cut out the some coconut liner shapes to cover the front mesh portion of the planter. I didn’t do this, but it may help retain water.

- Finish lining the inside of your hardware cloth with moss. When it’s all covered, start adding your plants…. starting with any plants that will be hanging on the side.

- Add moss onto any spots that may have disappeared under the dirt.

- Hang outside, in full sun, enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Check out my inspiration for this project on Rancho Reubidoux.


DIY-ify: Fridge Work Station

Running a business from home can be, well, a little crazy. Especially with a kiddo running around. I finally got tired of losing my lists, pens, pencils, and anything else I seem to need everyday. SO, this brings me to the Fridge Work Station. I don’t actually sit next to my fridge and work, but I now know where all my office supplies are. Using a bunch of old empty tins, we are officially organized. Plus, we now have a chalkboard to leave to-do’s or love notes. 

I know technology is supposed to negate the need for paper notes, but you just can’t beat the classic pen and paper. Having all necessary info right out there. It’s hard to miss.  I tried all those handy apps to help keep me organized, but those haven’t been as helpful as I had hoped.

It’s a quick project, here’s how I created it:

Supplies needed: 

- Super strong magnets (I suggest purchasing these at a home supply store)

- Strong permanent glue

- Empty tins (I used 4)

- Small chalkboard

- Optional: A small vintage wooden box + wire to wrap around it

- Freebie lists to print: Shopping, Notes, and Blank

How-to:

- Using the glue to adhere the magnets to the back of your tins and chalkboard. Wait 24 hours (to let the glue dry). And, that’s it!

- If you find a vintage wooden box, and don’t want to glue magnets directly to the box: wrap and tie wires around the end. Glue the magnets to the wire (instead of the box).

- If you want, print out the freebie lists I provided.

- Enjoy your organization.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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