Monday, February 22, 2010

Inexpensive Filing Solution

I've needed a new and stylish way to file papers for awhile now.
I would love this filing console from Home Decorators that my friend Samantha has,
but, it wasn't in the budget so when the
"husbird's" old work was giving away some old filing cabinets I had him get me one. He couldn't understand why,
but I had a vision for what I wanted to do with the big metal box.
Of course I forgot to take a before picture, but the picture below is very similar.
It was a light grey lateral filing cabinet.

You can get these on craiglist for cheap.
First thing I did was prime and paint it an off white.
I bought little legs at Lowes, took off the metal feet it had,
and screwed the new legs on.
I added ribbon pulls for now, until I find some hardware I love.

I glued some wood appliques to the front of it with epoxy.

Ta Da!
Here it is in all its transformed glory.
The best part is I got my papers under control by filling it up.
Until little hands empty it.


  1. So cool Emily--you make it look so simple. Love what you did.

  2. What a great filing cabinet! So much more attractive than the plain metal box look. Love it!

  3. This is a genius idea!

    Thank you for the link in your comment--I read it and could appreciate, for sure. It is a hard time and I just have to remember it is so brief in the grand scheme.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. I love this idea! And boy do I need something like this!

  5. Now it looks like an expensive designer piece, so lovely! What a great way to hide all those files!

  6. Relacing the metal legs with those gorgeous wooden legs...GENIOUS!! Love your ribbon handles too...I never would have thought of that~~


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