Whether it’s for crafting, sewing, woodworking, or any other kind of therapeutic habit, drawers in multiplicity are always da bomb. I mean, who doesn’t love a sweet spot to tuck in notions and accessories, right? Enter in this vintage filing cabinet.
Isn’t it fun? It’s small enough to sit on a surface, but also has the style to stand alone. Plus, all those bin labels are begging to be filled with distinctive labels. Back a few months ago, my dad originally offered it to me along with this other loot. However, the circled items are what I thought looked like makeover fun.
You can see what I did with that stand in the top picture OVER HERE. What a blessing to have such choices!
Okay, so now let’s makeover this vintage gem, shall we? It’s dirty, like really dirty and it has some wear and tear here and there. Nothing I can’t handle with some cleaning and DIY elbow grease. Even more, check out what I use my extra large filing cabinets for in my sewing stash HERE.
First, I take the filing cabinet apart and assess what I have to work with. Using rubbing alcohol, I wipe it all down and remove all the grime I can. Then, once I have it prepped, I take it outside and ready for a spunky new color. You can see how I use this same color on my Cat Cot or this Upcycled Chair.
Literally UP! I didn’t like that this cutie was stuck flat on its bottom. That causes it receive more wear than it should and sorta limits the use of it as well. With that, I dig into my stash and pull out this set of Mid Century Modern legs with bases. Isn’t it just grand to have a “stash”?
As soon as the paint cures, I mark the bottom of the filing cabinet where I want the feet to be. Then, I use sheet metal screws to attach the legs plates. Additionally, I also paint the leg feet the same color gold as the pulls. We want this to be cohesive, right?
Before I call it quits, I also use this vintage liner to make linings for all the drawers. That way there’s some whimsy when you peek inside to find your treasures.
ALL DRESSED UP
Finally, when all is said and done, my little filing cabinet is dressed up and ready for many more years.
Not only does the green suits my excitement for summer, but also the brassy accents remind me of the rays of sunshine. I’m happy with the outcome and hope you enjoy it too. Now for a peek at the inside fun I mention earlier.
Likewise, I’m curious…what color would you paint it? Maybe a hot pink or how about a striking black? Either way, it’s fun to recreate our finds to suit our own home story. In the event that you’d like to add this to your home, you can find it and more available in my online shop.
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Janet Crannage says
Love, love, love this!! The color is fabulous! Your color choices are always an inspiration as I tend to not be so brave with bold colors.
You’ve made my day, Janet. Thank you so much!
Lorna Merrifield says
What did you call this color? I don’t remember so I’m calling it Granny Smith Apple Green! Not a true green fan, but…..that little bitty cabinet turned into a whole lotta cute overload!!!!! I Love It!!!
haha! I’ll roll with that! Thanks so much for the giggle, Lorna.
Caroline Davis says
Ok I have to admit I went “yuck” when you held up the spray paint color- but boy was I wrong! It’s perfect for the style you went after using the mid- century modern legs. I love the finished product! Another job well done!
I’m right there with you. At first, I was like…oops. But now I love it all spunky. Thanks so much, Caroline!
Erin Hardwick says
You manage to come up with the cutest ideas! I need to think more outside the box, and your recreations inspire me always!
You are the sweetest, Erin. I had fun with this and am so glad you enjoy it too. Thanks!
Love it, especially the green. I am usually a blue person , but I am beginning to love the new shades of green. Great job as usual!
You and me both. Blue is my fave, but green is next in line. 😀
Turned out great!!! I love storage like this.
Right? It’s cute and functional too. Thanks!
Love this green! Turned out so cool!
I wasn’t sure at first about the green, but I fell for it hard. Thanks, Olga! 😀
How cute, and so totally useful!
Thank you, Rhonda. I had fun with this one.