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Monday, August 27, 2012

Save A buck or Two - Easy File Cabinet Makeovers

Complete tutorial at designsponge

How many time have you stared at that old crusty file cabinet and would have physically thrown it outside...if you could lift it?  Well, after today, whenever you look at that cabinet it will be in awe.  I've got something for ya!  These easy makeovers will not only be a snap to do but they will brighten up your space and bring some style to your organizing.

As you know, file cabinets are very sturdy, durable and very inexpensive. That is, if you buy a used one.  You can find them just about anywhere and everywhere, at thrift stores, garage sales, craigslist....perhaps forgotten in your own basement.  And many of us do. A lot of these pieces are metal and they rust after a while so as soon as the rust starts to show they are put out to the curb or sold very cheaply.  But hey, this is good news for you!  Don't let a little rust scare you from seizing or retaining a potentially fabulous piece of furniture.

Here are some easy makeovers/tutorials you can use to transform a drab looking file cabinet.  Are you ready? Okay, let's do this!

 Find the super easy tutorial for this amazing transformation at

You can never fail with map designs.  So chic.

Nothings adds more pizzaz than a pop of bright yellow.  How gorgeous is this!
Find the tutorial at littlehouseinthebigd

I absolutely love this! It is modern and romantic without being too girly...great balance and wonderful transformation. Find the tutorial at divineserendipity

The color and pattern on this piece is so rich, stylish and cheerful!
Find this tutorial at savedbylovecreations

Most of these transformations were done with  spray paint, leftover wallpaper remnants, spray adhesive, and cheap $2 handles from Home Depot or Ace Hardware. Stencils and scrap grass cloth can also be used as well.  Just have fun and let your imagination go!

Cherio and happy diy-ing.


Peaches Ledwidge said...

Thanks for showing what is possible when working with "things" that are old.

Bonnie said...

These are gorgeous! I really would love to do something different in my home.
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natasha said...

Wow excellent idea. I so need to get a filing cabinet and once I do I will def try this out. Great blog!!

Alicia said...

Yup. I need a tutorial for this one. LOL. Thanks!

Laura said...

I've got a filing cabinet in desperate need of a makeover but it looks like it will probably have to wait until next summer now it's getting to wet here to paint outside. Wonderful ideas though I can use the winter to make a plan for it.

Lindsay said...

I love DIY projects! Even though I haven't tackled one myself yet. haha!