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Filing Cabinet Makeover with Vintage Style

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.

Vintage Filing Cabinet Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

Furniture Selection by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can see what I did with that stand in the top picture OVER HERE. What a blessing to have such choices!

DRESSIN’ UP

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.

Disassembled Filing Cabinet for Cleaning | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

Spray Painting Filing Cabinet with Green | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Spray Painting Filing Cabinet Pulls | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

UP NEXT

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”?

Mid Century Modern Legs for Filing Cabinet Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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?

Attaching Mid Century Modern Legs to Filing Cabinet | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

Vintage Mid Century Drawer Liner | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

ALL DRESSED UP

Finally, when all is said and done, my little filing cabinet is dressed up and ready for many more years.

Boho Filing Cabinet Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #boho #diy #vintage

Side View Filing Cabinet with Mid Century Modern Feet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture #midcentury

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.

Paper Lined Cabinet Drawer by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #boho

Mid Century Modern Filing Cabinet in Green by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #midcentury #modern

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.

  • Farmhouse Style Vintage Tea Cart Table available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Tea Cart ~ $225

Filing Cabinet Stand on Mid Century Legs by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #midcentury #boho #furniture

Green Filing Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #diy

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Dining Room Ceiling Before Remodel | prodigalpieces.com

Also, check out these other filing cabinet projects:

Upcycled Filing Cabinet is Transformed into a Portable Laundry Bin by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #industrial #laundry #upcycledUgly outdated stand gets industrial apothecary cabinet makeover. Get the DIY steps by Prodigal Pieces here at prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!

    • Larissa says

      haha! I’ll roll with that! Thanks so much for the giggle, Lorna.

  3. 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!

    • Larissa says

      I’m right there with you. At first, I was like…oops. But now I love it all spunky. Thanks so much, Caroline!

  4. 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!

    • Larissa says

      You are the sweetest, Erin. I had fun with this and am so glad you enjoy it too. Thanks!

  5. Wanda says

    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!

    • Larissa says

      You and me both. Blue is my fave, but green is next in line. 😀

  6. Susan says

    Turned out great!!! I love storage like this.

    • Larissa says

      I wasn’t sure at first about the green, but I fell for it hard. Thanks, Olga! 😀

  7. Rhonda says

    How cute, and so totally useful!

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